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Black History Month: Reception & Conversation

  • Ker Place 69 Market Street Onancock, VA 23417 USA (map)

On February 10, the ESVHS and Why, Yes! Consulting presents "Shore Black History Lives, A Conversation: How We Prayed, Played and Made a Way out of No Way."

Reminiscent of President Roosevelt's historical fireside chats, a panel of speakers will be sharing their memories of education, worship, sports, business, healthcare, employment, and social clubs, such as Kenzies, on the Shore in the 20's through the 30's.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include artists' displays, music, and reception (Cash Bar). For ticket information, visit or call 757-787-8012

Conversation Starters

Prayed Did blacks and whites worship together initially on the Shore? How were black congregations formed? (Hack, Johnson, Dennis, Wells)

Played In the face of segregation, Jim Crow and discrimination, how did black folks "let off steam?" Social clubs, lodges and women's auxiliaries, athletic events, Tasley and Weirwood Fairs provided outlets. (Nedab/Finney)

Made a Way Who were some of the early entrepreneurs of the Shore? How were Shore blacks affected by the Great Depression? How were they able to acquire their wealth? (Morris/Wells, Dunton/Custis) 

Virginia State University, Norfolk State University and Hampton Institute are schools that were open to blacks that wanted to further their educations, but what about the schools that prepared our students for college? How were blacks able to finance education for their children beyond high school? (Dennis, Wells)

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
WESR/Coastal Country
John O. Morris Funeral Home
Matthews Market
Derrick's Pressure Washing, LLC
Edward Jones/Willie Randall
Kendall's Kountry Kitchen
Keith Matthews Funeral Home


Mrs. Nola Dennis Virginia Union and Columbia graduate; ACPS School Supervisor, Gaskins Chapel Officer, Business Owner (J & N Trucking)

Mr. Ridgway Dunton WWII Veteran, Former President of Eastern Shore Citizens Bank, Historian, raised in Northampton County and now lives in Accomac County

Mrs. Vivian Hack New Mt. Zion Baptist, interpreter of history, church school teacher

Mrs. Eunice Morris John O. Morris Funeral Home, Delta Sigma Theta

Mr. Rudy Nedab WWII Veteran, farmer, keeper of colorful and classic local history


Mrs. Carla Savage-Wells

Mr. Dennis Custis

Mrs. Decola Johnson

Mistress of Ceremonies

Ms. Anetia Finney


Jack Johnson Art Educator in both Northampton and Accomac counties, Renaissance man

Mama-girl Mary Onley, Shore native, self-taught folk artist

Vinnie Bagwell summered in Accomac, Morgan State, self-taught sculptor

Vashti Harrison Nandua graduate, earned her MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts and her BA from the University of Virginia


The Sabatino Brothers


$10 Members
$15 Not-Yet Members

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