Black History on display

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By Jim Clark

Black History Month started last Friday with a display in the main lobby of the Levy County Courthouse.

Six years ago County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp asked author Carolyn Cohens to start a display. "I was thrilled," Cohens said last week. "It had never been done before.

"This was a giant step for black history in Levy County for us."

Since then she has gotten help with the display from both blacks and whites in the county. "Our history is tied together," she said.

Virginia McDonald, who works in the archives of the courthouse, is also instrumental in providing the exhibit.

Among those attending was A.L. Gamble, 92, of Chiefland. Also looking at a picture of her father, the Rev. James Melvin Brown, in the display was Johnny Brown Phillips of Chiefland.