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Gadsden County Celebrates Black History Month

Statement by
Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners
Re: Black History Month
Remembering the Past Celebrating the Future

 GADSDEN COUNTY, FL- - The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners issued the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:

“As Gadsden County marks the start of Black History Month, we celebrate the countless contributions of Gadsden County African Americans to our state and this nation. We pay tribute to heroes past and present, including Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Civil Rights Activist Patricia Stephens Due, Marshall Football Player Nathaniel Ruffin, Gadsden County’s first Black Judge Kathy Garner, Dr. Jessie Furlow, Gadsden County’s first Black woman elected to the Board of County Commissioners Brenda Holt, FAMU Football Coach Willie Simmons, Gadsden County’s first Black Sheriff since reconstruction Morris Young, former Midway resident, and Broward County’s first Black Physician Dr. James Sistrunk, and Dr. William S. Stevens. 

“This month, we celebrate that history and pay tribute to all those who have had a positive impact on Gadsden County. We do hope you celebrate safely, take part and spend this month learning more about our shared history and focus on how we can all move forward as a community to ensure that our County thrives as a multi-cultural center in the region.

"We encourage economic development and safe communities that attract current and new Gadsden Countians to an area where they can live, thrive and enjoy everything we have to offer.”

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