Celebrating our history: Colony will hold Black History Month celebration Feb. 27

Colony Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Ethel Alexander at the 2018 Colony Black History Month celebration (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

COLONY, Ala. – The Town of Colony will celebrate Black History Month Saturday, Feb. 27 by creating a temporary community history museum at the town’s Educational Complex to “reflect the many milestones and accomplishments of our ancestors,” according to a notice from Colony’s Black History Committee. Colony residents and others with town connections are invited to bring photos, artifacts, historical documents and their own stories of families, churches and community institutions to share. Tables will be available for displays. The program will feature music, poetry and crafts.

Colony Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Ethel Alexander, who is heading up the program, told The Tribune, “Colony, the oldest African American community in Cullman County, Alabama will be hosting its 2021 Black History Museum. The theme “Things Remembered” will reflect the great contributions of local and national African Americans in the county, state and nation.”

Alexander emphasized the importance of the history of African Americans and their contributions to the country and community.

“It is important that all Americans know the true history of America and how the enslaved African Americans contributed to its greatness. Black History Month is a special time to learn about the way African Americans rose from slavery to help build and shape our country’s history,” she said. “We will make tributes to many Colonites of Cullman County such as Ms. Kizzie Montgomery Leeth and Ms. Tina Hall, two midwives who delivered many black and white babies throughout Cullman County; Ms. Nancy Boyd, who in the 1880 agriculture census owned a successful farm; Mr. Zether Malcom in 1952 donated 1 acre of land to build the Mason Hall (sic) Lodge #96 A.A. and A.M.; and the Colony Mercantile Dry Good store operated by Mail Fields, along with many other successful notable pioneers of the Colony.”

At a glance

Colony Black History Museum

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 from 3-5 p.m.

Colony Educational Complex, 151 Byars Road in Colony


For more information, contact Ethel Alexander at 256-287-1192, ext. #5; Barbra Moody; Donnis Leeth at 205-339-9317; or Colony Town Clerk Patricia Ponder at 256-287-1192, ext. #1.

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W.C. Mann