Black Heritage Festival set for Friday at Quinn Memorial Church

FESTIVAL PLANNERS — Involved in organizing a Black Heritage Festival dinner and program Friday at Quinn Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 515 North St., Steubenville, are, from left, Pearl Brown, Eloise Curenton, Chairwoman Terry L. Jennings, the Rev. Reloy F. Gainey Sr., Lady Cynthia Gainey, Soundra Palmer and Jacqueline Gibson. The event begins at 6 p.m. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — Quinn Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church will hold a Black Heritage Festival on Friday at the church, located at 515 North St. It begins at 6 p.m.

Chairwoman Terry Jennings explained, “Our theme is ‘We are the World,’ which includes guests who have been invited to talk about and tell their stories with reference to their parents, religions, traditions and heritages and further show how they impact the civil rights era and history.”

Jennings added, “The diversity of family topics also will include where we have originated and our personal history being African Americans, Asian Americans, Italian Americans, Japanese Americans, Jewish/Hebrew Americans, Native Americans, Serbian Americans, Irish Americans and Latino/Hispanic Americans.”

The festival colors will be red, yellow, black and green. Those attending are encouraged to wear their country’s colors and/or customary dress.

The festival dinner served at the church will consist of chicken, roast beef, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, greens, corn bread and rolls, green beans, garden and cherry coal salads, pies, cookies, punch, lemonade, coffee and tea.

Donations for the dinner are $15 per person and are available in advance by calling (740) 282-3192 or (740) 282-3135 or at the door.

Jacqueline Gibson will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the program that includes participation by Rose Slaughter, Marcella Miller, Trudy Darlene Toson, Francesca Carinci and Sandy Harper Williams. Musical selections will be provided by the Second Baptist Church youth and youth from the Sycamore Youth and Community Center.

Aside from Jennings and Gibson, other church festival planners are Pearl Brown, Ilana Chester, Eloise Curenton, Gloria Crossland, Patricia Fletcher, Lady Cynthia Gainey, Gloria Howard, Lisa Mason, Marge Monaco, Mattie Patterson, Soundra Palmer, Sylvia Thompson and Dolores Young. The Rev. Reloy F. Gainey Sr. is the church’s pastor.