10th Annual Garden Heritage Celebration

10th Annual Garden Heritage Celebration

The Garden’s 80th Anniversary

Date/Time
Saturday, October 20
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a ceremony in Baker Hall Visitor Center to honor the 220 African-American women and men who first planted the Garden 80 years ago through the Works Progress Administration. To learn more about our history, click here.

Tram tour and reception to follow.

Free admission until noon.

10TH Annual Garden Heritage Celebration

Introduction
Michael Desplaines
NBG President & CEO

Opening Poem — It Was Worth It All
Shaunton Taylor
NBG Guest Services Associate

Invocation
Kimberlie Petrulis
President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity

Special Guest Speaker
Cassandra Newby-Alexander, PhD
Norfolk State University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History

Reading of Names
Helen Ferguson Williams
President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity

Groundbreaker Award
Ms. Elizabeth McLean and former students from Ruffner Academy
The Young Scholars Community Problem Solving Team

Closing Remarks
Clenise Platt, NBG Board Treasurer
Chair, President’s Council on Inclusion and Diversity

Closing Poem — The Garden
Gracie Anthony
Daughter of Josephine Hopkins, original WPA worker

 

 

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