Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The City of Tyler will celebrate Black History Month with historical videos, music, dancing and more on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Liberty Hall.
The event will feature Half Mile of History videos focusing on Emmett Scott, Texas College and Butler College. The City of Tyler will also unveil the new African American Heritage Trail brochure, highlighting the historical places and people that have been influential to the community of Tyler.
“I’m so pleased that we are able to pay homage to the rich African American culture and history of Tyler,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. “This is a very special event and we are privileged to be a part of this tribute.”
The Texas College Choir will perform and Virlinda Stanton will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to open the event. The song was written as a poem and then set to music in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson. It was first performed by 500 children at the segregated Stanton School as part of the celebration for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Principal, James Weldon Johnson wrote the song to introduce their honored guest, Booker T. Washington.
“It has been a privilege to bring this program to the community,” said Councilman Darryl Bowdre. “The African American culture is an integral part of Tyler’s history and it is important that we preserve it.”
The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. Liberty Hall is at 103 E. Erwin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Liberty Hall Manager Anne Payne at (903) 595-7274.