Hartford libraries to celebrate Black history
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 1/19/2018, 1:27 p.m.
The city of Hartford is celebrating Black History Month (February) in a big way with 10 events planned around the area. “There's something for everyone to explore and learn at Harford County Public Library during Black History Month,” said CEO Mary Hastler. “Our programming is very eclectic this year and ranges from a Black Gospel music experience to a book dedication to a virtual reality field trip with Google Expeditions. We invite all our customers to participate in these special events.” One event includes a celebration of Alfred B. Hilton, Harford’s African American Medal of Honor Recipient. The presentation is being made by historian Jim Chrismer on Thursday, Feb. 1. Hilton was one of the first African American men to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military honor. Sgt. Hilton enlisted in the Army during the American Civil War at 21 years old. He was assigned to Company H, 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously after succumbing to injuries sustained at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm outside of Richmond, Va. Sgt. Hilton is one of 16 African-American Union Army soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their service in the Civil War. Other planned events include the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s annual presentation of books to Harford County Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 3; and the 7th Black Gospel Music Experience on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Events run throughout the month of February at different locations surrounding Hartford.