Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Black History Month in Honor of Frank Taylor

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) again sponsors Black History Month with an exhibit at the Winston County Library. The theme for the 2019 Black History month is Black Migration. The theme emphasizes the movement of people of African Descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. It focuses mostly on the twentieth century through today. Many African Americans relocated from southern farms to southern cities to the Northeast, Midwest, and West. Many of African descent came from the Caribbean to US cities. Many emigrated to Africa and to Europe and cities, such as Paris and London after the end of World War 1 and World War II. According to the Association for the study of African American Life and History (www.asalh.org), during the later decades of the twentieth century many African Americans moved back to the south. 

The exhibit will be in the Winston County Library, 301 West Park Street, Louisville, MS throughout the month of February. The library hours are 8:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday; 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday. The exhibit’s curator is Elmetra Patterson with assistance from members of FODP.

This year, Frank Taylor, Team Leader of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) is being honored. Frank has provided outstanding leadership in the field of agriculture to help permeate positive change from within the community. Winston County Self Help Cooperative is base in Louisville, MS. According to Frank, its purpose is to save rural America and leave a legacy for future generations.

Frank Taylor was inducted into the Alcorn University’s School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame on August 17, 2018. The star studded event occurred at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson, MS. He was among eleven inductees. There were approximately 60 people who came to Jackson to support Frank – mostly family, WCSHC members and Alcorn Alumni of the Louisville Chapter.

Frank was born and raised in Louisville. He is a 5th generation tree farmer in Louisville. His family has owned this property since 1877. Frank migrated to Kentucky after graduating from Louisville High School. He went to several other cities before landing back in Louisville. Frank became the president of WCSHC with the primary objective of assisting landowners in maintaining their land/farmland for future generations. These efforts are carried out through many avenues such as outreach meetings, workshops, conferences, and one-on-one assistance throughout the state of MS and its bordering states – sometimes other states. Frank has been with WCSHC for 30 years and it seems like he will be there a few more. Frank and his wife, Rheta Harris-Taylor, presently reside in Jackson, MS.

The Friends of Dean Park will host a reception in his honor on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Please come out and meet our hero.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson