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Letter: Mary E. Farris
Support FAHI, history

Monday, October 8, 2012

The proposed (New College Institute) project for the Baldwin Block will be a source of skills and jobs for a great number of people. It is good to see Martinsville improving its educational program, but let’s not forget the history that Fayette Street represents.

There’s another important project on Fayette Street, which is located in the former Imperial building. It is the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI). This is a cultural center for exhibits, artifacts, memoirs and historical information. It’s a facility where facts about people, events and legacies won’t be forgotten or phased out. Children need to see the pictures, touch the art, read the information and hear the stories.

Fayette Area Historical Initiative is a treasure chest that holds the gems of what was, what is now and what is on the way. It is a source of knowledge and interesting information. It can also be a place where part of Fayette Street and Baldwin’s Block can be preserved.

There’s nothing wrong with history in the making, as long as we don’t forget the history that has already been made. That’s why everybody should support FAHI. It is an important part of an era when the block was filled with many African American business places.

The community can unite together and help FAHI with whatever they need to make their effort a success. I wonder what would happen if each person gave a few minutes of their time, a dollar from their pocket and an encouraging word?

Mary E. Farris



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