City of Dublin to Name New Honorees for Black History Banners
Honorees to be announced at Awards Dinner
September 27, 2021 – The City of Dublin’s Black History Banner Committee has selected new honorees to be featured on banners during Black History Month. 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.
“We are proud to continue the display of these banners recognizing the contributions of our citizens. I hope they will help educate people about our history and where we came from,” said Lance Jones, Dublin City Manager. “The new honorees will join the current honorees in announcing our history to visitors and residents alike.”
New honorees will be announced during the Black History Banner Awards Banquet scheduled for October 28, 2021 at Emery Thomas Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and include a dinner prepared by Hometown Grill. Tickets can be purchased at customer service in Dublin City Hall located at 100 S. Church Street. Only 50 tickets will be available for public sale, and they will be sold beginning Wednesday, September 29th.
The new local honorees were selected from nominations submitted by the public. The banners will be redesigned and QR codes developed that will take people to a website to read more about the honorees. Dublin’s first black history banners came as a result of City Council attending a National League of Cities convention where the meeting space was decorated with banners from around the world. Dublin City Councilman, Gary Johnson, returned to Dublin with an idea for celebrating black heritage and history with banners downtown. According to Mayor Julie Driger, the banners honored nationally known African Americans, and later grew to include locals like Emery Thomas and Herbert Horatio Dudley, and says she “loved seeing them downtown.”
For more information on the nomination process and to view the current honorees, please visit https://www.downtowndublintour.com/black-history-banners.
Media contact: Rebecca Johnson