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Black History Month Events

Freemanville church members mingle in front of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Port Orange, Florida

The month of February had many Black History Month Celebrations throughout Volusia County. I had the pleasure of attending a few of these events. The tribute to Daytona Beach Mayor Yvonne Scarlett-Golden at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center kicked off the month long celebration. Local youth groups performed to honor and remember Mayor Scarlett-Golden's legacy. Additionally, Mr. Carlton Scarlett, Mrs. Scarlett-Golden's brother celebrated his his 91 first birthday with friends and family.

On Sunday, February 9th, the Daytona Times and Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II, spoke at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. The topic was Celebrating our Heritage: HBCU Experience.

In Port Orange, Florida, citizens remembered Freemanville at Mount Moriah Baptist Church where they celebrated the city's rich Black history and culture.

New Smyrna Beach hosted a Black History Month Festival with many vendors, music. and art displays along with a ribbon cutting of their new playground.

Mrs. Eretta Morris, the church director of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church's African American ministry, had a very extensive African American Stamp Collection on display at the church for Black History Month.

The African American Museum of the Arts of Deland presented John Anderson in "Frederick Douglass, His Life and Times" in two performances on February 28th at the Museum of Arts and Sciences located in Daytona Beach.

These were a few Black history event Hardnotts Photography LLC. owner Duane C. Fernandez Sr. was able to enjoy during the month of February.

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