February is Black History Month, and Granville County Senior Services has scheduled several events in celebration of the month-long observance.
The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford will host a program at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Jean Lawson of Stovall will share various aspects of black culture through Negro spirituals, poetry written in dialect and special readings.
The North Granville Senior Center in Stovall will hold their observance on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and on Wednesday, Feb. 20 as Sallyann Hobson presents “A Tale of Two Murders -Finding History in Old Court Records.” These presentations will focus on two murder cases that took place in 1894 and 1895 – both involving Mr. Solomon Marable – and will be shared sequentially. The murders of two women, Ida Marrow in Stovall and Lucy Jane Pollard in Lunenburg County, VA were highly publicized and are the subject of continued interest today. Ms. Hobson’s exploration into these murder trials have allowed her to uncover interesting clues noted in the 125-year old court records as well as further insights into the realities of African-American life just before the turn of the century. Both programs will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the Feb. 13 presentation focusing on the Granville County case and the Feb. 20 program centering around the Lunenburg County, VA murder.
The South Granville Senior Center in Creedmoor will present “Senior Center Feud,” a fun and entertaining take on the popular game show “Family Feud” at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15.
On Monday, Feb. 25, students from Christian Faith Center Academy will be “Stepping Through History” with songs, poetry, biographies and more at the Senior Center in Oxford. Students in kindergarten through seventh grade will also share their research of famous African-Americans and black culture. This presentation is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.
The Granville County Senior Center in Oxford is located at 107 Lanier Street; the South Granville Senior Center is located at 614 NC 56 Highway; and the North Granville Senior Center is located at 118 Highway 15 in Stovall. Call 919-693-1930 (Oxford)’ 919-528-0148 (Creedmoor) or 919-693-3383 (Stovall) for more information about these events.