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Mexico organizations commemorate Black History Month

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm

At least a dozen folks braved Saturday’s cold to gain a little insight into national history from a local perspective.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Ty-Land, located on south side of Mexico’s town square

Ayanna Shivers, founder of Ty-Land, was there and made it a point to say their program, though about Black History, was really about “The accomplishments of Blacks, though notice how I switched this around, it is everyone’s history.”

Williams with a statuette of an African deity worshipped by slaves before they came to America.

As she spoke, a group of four visitors listened attentively, as Ed Williams, president of Mexico’s Anointed Life-Saving Ministry Ministries and former law-enforcement officer, was giving a presentation regarding his collection of original local slavery-related artifacts and the history of slavery from a local as well as national perspective.

The collection included newspaper clippings regarding lynching, a 11-page poster display listing of the various patents held by Blacks, including items such as the rotary motor, street-sweeping machines, smoke-stacks for locomotives, the fountain pen, the folding chair and the spare tire…

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