MONTH of FEBRUARY 2017 and SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017
WGHS to Recognize Black History Month with a Gadsden County Black History Art and Essay Contest
In an effort to acknowledge the valuable history of African Americans and include their voice on the development of Gadsden County, West Gadsden Historical Society (WGHS) invites Gadsden County students to participate in the WGHS - Gadsden County Black History Art and Essay Contest.
Gadsden County is the 5th oldest established county in Florida. Around 1820, large plantations began to be established in north Florida, and the forced migration of African American through slavery began. After freedom was granted to these slaves in 1863 many of their descendants remained in Gadsden County and became successful business people - lawyers, political figures, school teachers, artists, and actors. African Americans have shaped the Gadsden County we know today. Since 1850 Gadsden County has continuously held the status as the only Florida County with a majority African American population.
Students who wish to participate in theWGHS - Gadsden County Black History Art and Essay Contest are invited to submit projects to WGHS no later than February 20, 2017. Essays and art projects should be centered on African American people who once lived here or on events that occurred in Gadsden County. For example, topics could include a famous person, a family history story, an interview with an elderly person, or it could be a representation or discussion on the daily life for early African Americans – food, living conditions, jobs they had after slavery, clothing, early churches, family structure. Additionally the essays and art projects could be about a memorable event or historical location in Gadsden County.
Participants will be grouped according to class - K to 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade and 9th - 12th grade. Projects will be judged by a panel of judges which includes several West Gadsden Historical Society members and local educators. The top three projects in the Art Group and the top three projects in the Essay Group in each grade bracket (a total of 24 students) will be given a yearly membership to WGHS and also honored at a community wide reception Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Facility at the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum complex, 115 Duffle Ave., Greensboro, where art projects and essays will be on exhibition. An awards ceremony will begin at 3:30.
WGHS is excited to provide this creative adventure to our students in Gadsden County. We look forward to their participation and project submission. The mission of the West Gadsden Historical Society is to preserve the history of Gadsden County. Our hope is to bring our community together to honor the work and creativity of our students as they celebrate Gadsden County Black History though art and essay.
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