City of Dublin Seeks Nominations for Black History Banners
New program allows public to nominate local citizens
Dublin, Georgia July 2, 2021 –The City of Dublin and Visit Dublin GA have partnered to refresh the city’s Black History banner program, allowing the public to nominate local citizens for consideration to be featured on the banners. Additions to the program include redesigning the banners to include a QR code that will take people to a website to read more about the honorees.
“It’s a project we have discussed for a few years. Using modern technology, we can honor and share the achievements of Dublin and Laurens County’s people. We are setting a trend for other cities to follow and we are building a path our youth can follow to continue to build leaders and dreamers in our community,” says Bennie Jones, Dublin City Councilman.
The Black History banners will be installed throughout downtown each February to celebrate Black History Month and each June to commemorate Juneteenth. A website is being developed to highlight the accomplishments of those featured on the banners. Current local honorees include: Herbert & Mamie Dudley, Reverend Amos O. Holmes, Ruby Jefferson, Reverend H. B. Johnson, Jr., Dr. Henry Thomas Jones, William May, Sr., Warren McLendon, Jr., Samuel Moore, Sr., Emery C. Thomas, George Wyche, Sr., and John Wesley Pooler, Sr.
"Knowing the rich history of Dublin’s African American heritage, it is very exciting for Visit Dublin GA to participate in capturing the stories of the existing Black History banner honorees and to share their achievements with both locals and tourists," Miriam Ponton Lewis, Visit Dublin GA.
The nomination process begins July 5, 2021 and nomination letter, application, and nonrefundable fee of $50 per application must be received by 5 pm on August 31, 2021. Banners are $100 per banner and will be displayed for 5 years. A maximum of 2 banners may be purchased for each honoree if space permits. After 5 years, an additional $100 per banner will need to be paid in order to continue displaying banner. Application fee includes two tickets to the Black History Banner Awards Banquet scheduled for October 14, 2021 where the banner honorees will be publicly announced.
“This program is a way to commemorate those who have accomplished so much in Dublin, particularly in the African American community. They built, they sacrificed, they persevered, and in doing so, they created opportunities for future generations. By honoring them, they will continue to inspire, and Dublin- Laurens County will continue to thrive,” says Chris Smith, Dublin City Council.
For full information on the nomination process and the nomination applications, please visit https://www.downtowndublintour.com/black-history-banners or contact Rebecca Johnson at 478-272-1601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.