February in Benson, and across the United States, is celebrated as Black History Month. Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
This is a great time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.
The Town of Benson began our official Black History Month celebration in 2012, and this year The Benson Museum of Local History will host the Town of Benson Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm at the Museum (102 West Main Street). Everyone is invited to attend!
After receiving numerous nominations from the community, the Museum Board of Directors selected Nathan Alford as the 2019 Black History Month honoree. Mr. Alford was a teacher at Benson Elementary School and a teacher, coach, and Athletic Director at Benson Middle School. Mr. Alford’s impact on many generations of young men and women in Benson is hard to calculate. Some children that were taught and coached by Mr. Alford early in his career also had the privilege of him teaching their children years later. Mr. Alford is a shining example for the entire Benson community, and I am pleased that he was chosen as this year’s Black History Month honoree.
We invite you to come and celebrate with Mr. Alford this outstanding achievement on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm.