Flag to remember & honor black history now flies in front of Amherst Town Hall
About three dozen citizens -- including town officials, members of the Massachusetts 54th black infantry regiment and state representative Ellen Story -- braved the frigid weather to assemble under the vacant flagpole immediately in front of Town Hall for a flag raising to honor Black History month.
These days (and that term spans the past 50 years ) it's common to hear how Amherst would be nothing without the University of Massachusetts, our largest employer.
Crowd sings "Lift Every Voice And Sing"
But in a more historic sense Amherst would be nothing without the contributions of the hard working impoverished class who built this town with their bare hands, fought to preserve the Union, and continue the struggle to make Amherst a better place for all.
Selectman Jim Wald reads the proclamation
In the past month the Amherst Select Board has issued proclamations to honor both Irish and Black history.
A nice salute indeed.