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Black History Event to Honor Dumfries Residents, 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

This year’s Black History Month Celebration will honor several town residents, and mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Here’s more about the annual celebration from Dumfries Director of Community Services Cydny Neville:

This year’s “Annual Black History Month Celebration” will be very special, as the Town will focus on honoring our unsung heroes, during the event. Our Town is full of history, and prides itself on the diligence of our citizens. The honorees, Mr. & Mrs. Lillian B. and Carroll F.Porter, Mr. Claude C. Thomas, Mr. Clyde N. Washington, and Mr. John Wilmer Porter volunteered their time, talents, and efforts to the Town, and have made significant contributions and accomplishments; they deserve to be celebrated, and we will do so, on February 8th!

In addition to celebrating our honorees, we will also celebrate the “50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This event will also have a performance from the Dumfries Elementary School Chorus, the Little Union Baptist Church Men’s Choir, a performance by Divine Beauty Pageant, and a local children’s author, Mr. Brian Washington, will be delivering the keynote speech.

The event will take place Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Little Union Baptist Church at 17150 Mine Road in Dumfries. Anyone with questions about the event is encouraged to call Neville at 703-211-3400, or email cneville[at]


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