Mistress Ceremony Lessie Fuller led the event, with a welcome by Bonham City Manager Bill Shipp. Billy Fuller told stories of the early black cafes in Bonham, including Sadie's Place. Cecil Jones talked about growing up in Bonham and the various black neighborhoods, including Tank Town, Sunrise and Locksboro.
An overflow crowd attended the 2015 Black History Celebration at the Creative Arts Center in Bonham on February 6, 2015.
The Black History Committee, which organized the event, distributed a 24 page booklet with information on historic black-owned businesses in Fannin County. You can see the booklet HERE.
Kim Jones-Parker led the audience in the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Howard Finney talked about the black businesses of his family in Honey Grove.
Audrey Rayford closed the program by thanking those responsible for the event, including the Creative Arts Center, the members of the Black History Committee, and the sponsors: American Bank of Bonham, Fannin Bank, Fannin Federal Credit Union, Legend Bank, the Fannin County Historical Commission and the Honey Grove Preservation League.
Attendees enjoyed refreshments and viewed the displayed artwork.