SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 29th consecutive year, the Black Heritage Flag was raised outside Springfield City Hall in observance of Black History Month.
After the flag raising, State Representative Ben Swan (D-Springfield) led a spirited program inside City Hall. Among those in attendance were descendents of the Peter Brace Brigade; a unit made up of African Americans that fought for the Union as part of the Massachusetts contingent in the Civil War.
Swan said that Black History Month is important, but it is only a beginning. The legislator and civil rights figure said that with the Internet and other means of gaining knowledge, he hopes that young people will further explore their history throughout the year.
“There’s more information available to us today than at any time in my 81 years. You can go online, you can pull up almost anything anywhere in the world,” Swan said.
During Thursday’s flag raising and program, participants celebrated the memory of Ruth Loving, the Springfield civil rights activist who died last year at the age of 100.