Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Black Girls Read Help Beautify Dean Park

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By Elmetra Patterson
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, members of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) enjoyed working with the Black Girls Read (BGR) at Dean Park as they worked to earn community service hours. They came and cleared the tennis court of debris and weeds in anticipation of it being repaired one day. They did not mind working in the inclement weather as it drizzled rain. FODP provided hot chocolate and other refreshments for them. According to Elmetra Patterson, “Whenever we have youth groups come to Dean Park, we emphasize the importance of this historical park in the community. We also, educate them about gardening and keeping the park clean and beautiful. Their leadership as youth is encouraged.” Dean Park was founded in 1946 by the late Milton E. Dean for the 4-H Negro Youth Park. After Mr. Dean’s retirement, it became managed by Winston County Supervisors and continues to be with five commissioners serving as the Dean Park Commission to help with the management. BGR is a project of the Malachi Project with Director Dr. Melissa Davis. Come visit Dean Park, HWY 15 South, Louisville, MS.