Blythewood Honors Black History’s Heroes

After performing during the celebration of Blythewood’s Historic Heroes at Doko Manor on Saturday, these members of the Blythewood High School chorus took time out for refreshments: Lisa Ortuno (left), Jacob Rubino, Kiryl Lashley, Haven Davis, Will Stocker, Amyah Ritter, Kira Chiles, Jatoa Baker, Kalen Mattocks, Trinity Reese and Erykah Alford. Choral Director is Kristin Claiborne. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

BLYTHEWOOD (Feb. 16, 2017) – The Blythewood Community celebrated and honored the heroes of its own black history on Saturday with a program at The Manor.

Opening with a welcome from Mayor J. Michael Ross and Town Councilmen Larry Griffiin and Malcolm Gordge, the afternoon of entertainment and remembrance included performances by members of the Blythewood High School Choir and a dance team from Westwood High School. Blythewood Middle School student Ethan Harrell was announced the winner of the Black Heroes art contest, and Ray Smith presented a video documentary that included remembrances from several Blythewood women: Naomi Waden, Nettie Benson, Constelena Cunningham, Francis Davis, Ruby Brice, Dorothy Wilson and Mattie Lois Squirewell of Winnsboro.

The program ended with a projection on screen of early editions of the yearbooks of the former Blythewood High School.


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