Historically Black Staunton Park to Recognize Founders
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - Staunton's historically black park is getting name plaques to recognize its founding mothers and fathers.
Susie Brent King is a member of the Staunton-Augusta County African-American Research Society and wants to honor the two women and four men who worked to make Montgomery Hall Park a hub for the black community during segregation.
Staunton City Council recently gave the go-ahead to put name plagues above the doors in the Irene Givens administration building.
"We felt that our names needed to be more visible in the park," King said. "These people had earned a place in this park and we need to recognize their history."
The Staunton-Augusta County African-American Research Society is also working together with James Madison and Mary Baldwin universities on a project that will share even more history as people drive through the park.