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Black History of Sewickley and Edgeworth.
Woman gives 2 communities a look at past
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Because of Bettie Cole, Sewickley and Edgeworth have a clearer picture of their past.
Mrs. Cole, 83, spent nearly two decades researching the role of African Americans in those communities and turned her work into a 769-page book, "Their Story: Black History of Sewickley and Edgeworth."
Tomorrow, she will be honored as part of the Come On Home weekend festivities in Sewickley not only for her work as an author and historian but also for her efforts as a volunteer.
Mrs. Cole's research and writings have helped verify information about the area's history, including the participation of local black men in the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, said Regis Bobonis, vice president of the David B. Matthews Historical Society, which is hosting the luncheon in Mrs. Cole's honor at Sewickley Untied Methodist Church.
"She is a very scholarly lady in the way she does her research. She painstakingly researched the original black residents of Sewickley and the descendents," he said.
Mrs. Cole, of Sewickley, was born and reared in Edgeworth and raised her two daughters in Sewickley. ....
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