Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association hosts Black History Month events

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The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events in Georgetown to help celebrate National Black History Month. This year’s theme is The Black Migration—Empowerment to New Social Realities.

Feb. 10

Panel discussion on Black Migration—Georgetown Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 2:30-3:20 p.m. Free. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. 512-636-4576. https://georgetown.org/2019/02/07/black-history-month-events-in-february-2/

Feb. 17

Tours of the Historic Shotgun House with discussion. 2-4 p.m. Free. Historic Shotgun House, 801 West St. 512-636-4576. https://georgetown.org/2019/02/07/black-history-month-events-in-february-2/

Feb. 22

Annual Black History Month Banquet will be held with a presentation by Quincy Dunlap, president and CEO of the Austin Area Urban League. 7-8:30 p.m. $25 ($15 age 17 and under). Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. 512-636-4576. https://georgetown.org/2019/02/07/black-history-month-events-in-february-2/

 

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  1. I don’t understand how the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association hosts Black History Month events, but no one wants to take care of their special historical cemetery, Citizens Memorial Garden Cemetery in Georgetown, across from Wolf Ranch that is in terrible condition. The city only mows and pulls weeds, and I can’t find anyone who wants to help me find why no one is caring for it. It needs a fence and the stones are sinking into the ground and falling over.
    I just read this on Find-A-Grave: In 1906 the cemetery was willed by the city of Georgetown to the black community for as long as they could maintain it. Hispanics were allowed to be buried in the cemetery, but they were buried in one end, which was at one time separated from the black section by a barbed-wire fence. The Masons maintained the cemetery from 1906 until 1980, when they gave the Cit­izens Memorial Association permis­sion to take on the responsibility of upkeep.
    Well they aren’t doing it. I hope someone will do something or find who is truly responsible. The City of Georgetown certainly isn’t going to. As someone I spoke to, they don’t do fencing or moving of stones for any of the cemeteries. Thank you.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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