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African-American history celebrated

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About 100 people attended the Fort Scott Rotary, Kiwanis and Pioneer Kiwanis Clubs special program, celebrating Fort Scott's African-American history. The event was held at noon Wednesday at Fort Scott Community College's Ellis Fine Arts Center.(Loretta George/Tribune)
About 100 people attended a combination Fort Scott Rotary, Kiwanis and Pioneer Kiwanis club special program Wednesday celebrating Fort Scott's African American history, including the legacy of coach and principal Professor E.J. Hawkins.

Sally Brock, Redfield, brought her three children to the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus to the event. The Brock children are homeschooled.

"We came to learn about Kansas history today," Brock said.

Sitting at the table with her, Shirley Palmer, Fort Scott, said, " I came to learn about and support the African American tradition and culture. The college does a super job at promoting it."

Robert Nelson, a speaker at the event, attended the Plaza School, which was later named for Hawkins. "He was my principal. He inspired us with his dignity. He talked about looking beyond the time we were in, beyond segregation," Nelson said.

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