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Posted on: January 11, 2021

PRESS RELEASE (1-11-21): Benson Museum of Local History Seeking Honoree Nominations for Tenth Annual

Benson Museum of Local History Seeking Honoree Nominations for Tenth Annual Black History Month Celebration - February 28, 2021

The Board of Directors of the Benson Museum of Local History is seeking nominations for an honoree for the 2021 Black History Month Celebration. This year’s celebration will look different due to COVID-19.  In lieu of an in-person event, the museum will be creating a documentary-style video featuring this year’s honoree.  The video is set to release Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2pm on the town’s Facebook page.

Do you know someone that has been a pioneer for the African American community in Benson? If so, please consider nominating them to be honored this year. The chosen winner will be honored for their contributions to the African American community, and Benson as a whole. This is also an excellent time for friends, relatives, and other community members to show the honoree how much their work and life has been appreciated. This could be a business owner, a civic leader, an educator, a tireless volunteer, or any other worthwhile citizen of Benson that has positively affected the community.

This year, the Museum Board will select the honoree using a set of weighted criteria:

• Nominee’s impact in black community (30%)
• Nominee’s impact in/for Benson (25%)
• Nominee’s volunteer experience in Benson (15%)
• Nominee’s volunteer experience in Benson (15%)
• Nominee has resided in Benson (10%)
• Nominee’s impact on County/State/National Level (10%)
• Nominee’s community and/or political engagement (10%)

Past Recipients — 2020, Cleo McKinnon, 2019, Nathan Alford, 2018, Fred Nelson, 2017 Peggy Alford, 2016 Harvey Johnson, 2015 Rosa Clark, 2014 Annie Pearl Clark Mack, 2013 Frances Williams, 2012 Johnnie Barfield Greene

***Nominations are due by Monday, January 25, 2021***

Due to COVID, this year’s nominations will be accepted via a secure online form. Please click here to access the form: 

If you have any questions about the online nomination form or the selection process please contact the Town of Benson Cultural Arts Director, Derrick Barefoot by phone at (919) 894-3724 or by email at

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