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Site #27 to be dedicated to Anne P. Jennings
“There is no life that does not contribute to history” - Dorothy West
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard will dedicate their 27th site on November 24th . The life of Anne P. Jennings, the first African American nurse at Hartford Hospital will be celebrated and a plaque placed on her home in the Highlands area of Oak Bluffs.
The dedication of her home will be celebrated in the Oak Bluffs community by a writing project in the 5 th and 6 th grades of Oak Bluffs school where students will describe who they would seek to honor and why through a variety of media. The student work will be publsihed as a booklet to be distributed at the dedication ceremony and it will be available at the Oak Bluffs library.
The library which has an extensive collection of non-fiction African American literature on display will also collaborate in the project through inviting their patrons to nominate people whom they would choose to honor again using a variety of media. A large portrait of Anne P. Jennings is on display in the Oak Bluffs library.
On the day of the dedication, candles will be lit to honor all those whose names have been chosen by their community.
The project, which culminates, in the dedication of Anne Jennings’ home unites us in a celebration of our values of justice, love for and pride in the accomplishments of all of our diverse community.
Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Ed.D
Cofounder, African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard