Society continues to educate community on Black History

Society continues to educate community on Black History
February 18
00:00 2016
Linda Dark from the Society for the Study of Afro-American History discusses the importance of preserving historical information on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Reynolda Manor Branch Library.



It is nearly impossible to tell the history of Winston-Salem without mentioning the contributions of African-Americans. An organization in the city is designed to document the history of the African-American community.

The Society for the Study of Afro-American History (SSAAH) offers a look back on the contributions of local African-Americans and the impact their presence had on shaping the city.

During a recent event sponsored by the Forsyth County Genealogical Society (FCGS), members of the community got the chance to learn about the SSAAH and how African-Americans have helped mold the city into what it is today.

FCGS President Terri Tharailkill said she invited SSAAH to make a presentation because it is important that residents learn about the contributions of African-Americans to the city and the state of North Carolina.

“The history of African-Americans in this city is deeply rooted in hard work and determination,” she said. “I felt it was important that members of the community learn more about the hard work that went into transforming this city.”

During the event at the Reynolda Manor Library, SSAAH Director Linda Dark discussed what life was like for African-Americans in the early 20th century. While discussing black communities like Reynoldstown, Happy Hill and a host of others, Dark also displayed original photos from The Big 4 high schools –Anderson, Atkins, Carver and Parkland –which represent the only high schools African-American students could attend because of segregation.

Dark said although they have accumulated a lot of historic photos and documents over the years, they are still looking to add to the collection. She also encouraged people to visit the SSAAH office located inside the New Winston Museum at 713 Marshall St SW to look at the archives. “We have received a number of donations over the years, but we are still look-ing to grow,” said Dark. “We have to make sure this information is available for the younger generations coming up.”

To volunteer or schedule a time to see the archives, call Linda Dark at 336-765-2284. 

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