SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Black Heritage flag now flies over Springfield city.
Members of Springfield’s African-American community raised the flag Thursday afternoon, marking the start of Black History month in western Massachusetts.
Prior to the flag raiser, a City Hall ceremony celebrating the 32nd annual Black History Month observance in Springfield. Direct Descendants of the Peter Brace Brigade from the civil war provided a lesson in living history.
“I’m very proud of my ancestors and I think folks who come out and support events like this very important that we know our history,” Ronald Brace told 22News.
“This is the reason why we started black history month,” said Bud Williams, chairman of Black American Heritage Flag Raising. “Because Black History isn’t included in the text books of the educational system.”
Black History will be observed and celebrated throughout February and schools and churches throughout western Massachusetts.