AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[MD] Heritage Group Honors Elderly members
African American heritage group honors elderly members
Originally published December 15, 2008
By Meg Tully
Ten honorees older than 90 were present at the Living Treasures event in Thurmont on Sunday. Seated, from left, are Margaret Butler, Adelaide Hall, Edith Jackson, Blanche Bourne-Tyree and Mary Key. Standing, from left, are Chrisley Tyree, Ruth Onley, Audrey Cox, Richard Gant and Clifford Morris.
THURMONT -- They have driven school buses, worked in cafeterias, practiced medicine, sung in church choirs and managed the William R. Diggs Memorial Swimming Pool.
The African-American Resources and Cultural Heritage Society of Frederick County honored 10 African-American residents over 90 years of age at its first "Living Treasures" banquet Sunday at the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant.
Joy Hall Onley, an organizer of the dinner, said the group wanted the elderly to know how much they mean to the community.
She found 16 African-American residents who are older than 90, though only 10 attended.
The group gave the honorees certificates, flowers, fruit and a bag of McCutcheon's products.