Two separate events in Matthews last month marked the local celebration of February as Black History Month. Sam’s Club of Matthews recently hosted its first black history program. During the program (top, left), Harvey Boyd, Crestdale-Matthews community historian, and Nate Huggins, founder of Mint Hill nonprofit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, presented “The Black History of Matthews” to store employees and customers. The event covered the establishment of the Crestdale-Matthews community in 1867 by free slaves, the building of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in 1879 and the arrival of various black business owners, heads of departments, professional athletes and pioneering community advocates from the Crestdale-Matthews community.
Matthews’ Home Depot hosted a celebration Saturday, Feb. 25 with help from local residents and other Home Depot stores in the region. During the free event, residents of Matthews’ Crestdale community provided information about the historically black community; Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church choir members performed; and Home Depot staff presented information about 10 important African American figures in U.S. history. Free blood pressure checks were offered and Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly freelance photographer Greg McMurray, of Matthews, also displayed his collection of photographs featuring important local black leaders through the years.