SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Diversity was celebrated at West Gadsden Historical Society’s (WGHS) 1st Annual Black History Art and Essay Contest Award Ceremony and Reception Sunday, March 19th. More than 50 people gathered at the Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Room of the Historic Greensboro Railroad Depot Museum complex to honor Gadsden County students who participated in the contest. These very talented students displayed their artwork and shared their essays with the audience.
The mission of the West Gadsden Historical Society is to preserve the history of Gadsden County. Our continuous hope is to bring our community together to honor all people who called Gadsden County home. We all have history. Some of that history is good, some bad. Remembering the work and fortitude of those who made us great and celebrating our diversity insures that the historical impact of our Gadsden County ancestors is not lessened or forgotten. We hope next year’s contest will draw an even larger number of participants.
The winners included: 6th - 8th grade, Essay - 1st prize Ya’Mya Roberts, 2nd prize Jessica William; Art - 1st prize Amira Frye, 2nd prize Tyler Watson. 9th - 12th grade, essay - 1st prize LaToya Hannah, 2nd prize Josiah Porter; Art - 1st prize Frenisha Dixon, 2nd prize Alajza Kennon. All students who participated received Certificates, prizes, ribbons and annual memberships to WGHS.
If you missed this wonderful program and opportunity to celebrate these wonderful children, please make sure that you participate next year! Only we who love Gadsden County can pass our history on to our future generations. These children deserve your involvement and support.
SUNDAY MAY 21, 2017
Join us Sunday at 3:00, May 21, as we enjoy an afternoon with Dale Cox. Dale was scheduled to be with us in January, but due to inclement weather our meeting was cancelled. Dale will present a lecture that will continue a region-wide effort to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the First Seminole War of 1817-1818.
This conflict involved heavy fighting in Gadsden County as well as in Leon, Wakulla, Franklin, Jackson and other Florida counties and Decatur County, Georgia. It culminated with future President Andrew Jackson’s 1818 invasion of Florida during which his army passed twice through Gadsden County.
Negotiations with Spain following the First Seminole War led to the transfer of Florida from that country to the United States.
Cox will speak about the war and its impact on Gadsden County and the Apalachicola River. His discussion will include a look at the U.S. campaign against the “Negro Fort” at Prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola, which preceded the war, as well as the key episodes of the conflict.
Cox will also be available after the meeting to sign a number of his books, several of which focus on the First Seminole War in Gadsden County.
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We want to thank Stephen Pitts for refinishing the wood floors at the Dezell House. Stephen volunteered his expertise in floor refinishing to honor the memory of his father, Buddy Pitts. Buddy loved Gadsden County and loved WGHS. The floor refinishing is being completed in stages and will be revealed during our July 4th Annual Open House. Thank you Stephen!
Other renovations to complete the Dezell House include:
If you are interested in completing or sponsoring completion of these projects, please let us know.
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