Colony to host Black History Month celebration

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Colony Town Council members are (front) Julian Fields, (center) Jamelle Dimbo, (back, l-r) Mayor Donnis Leeth, Tam Malcolm, Myra Twitty and Curtis Johnson.

COLONY – The Town of Colony will celebrate Black History Month at a special event at the Colony Community Center, on Friday, Feb. 24, beginning at 5 p.m.

Colony is a historically African-American town, settled by former slaves during the Reconstruction Era (1865-73).  Today, around 270 people call the town home; approximately 90 percent are African-American.  Originally a farming community, the town now sees its single largest block of workers commute to manufacturing jobs.  Educators, healthcare workers and social service workers also make up a substantial group.  While students now commute to Hanceville, the town did at one time have its own school.

According to Black History Chairperson Ethel Alexander, the entire history of Colony will be on display at the Community Center. 

She explained, "Participants will consist of the youngest child to the oldest senior. We will celebrate the many aspects of the community, from past to present. We will celebrate school teachers, mayors, servicemen, midwives, farmers, professionals of all walks of life, along with memorabilia.  We are inviting everyone that would like to learn something new or just help celebrate with us this great event."

The event is open to the public, and all visitors are welcome. The Colony Community Center is located at 538 Colony Road, Hanceville.

 

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