Former city health officer to speak at Heritage Program

sexton.jpgThe African-American Heritage Society of Long Beach and Burnett Neighborhood Library will present the 12th Annual Heritage Program, featuring Dr. Darryl M. Sexton. Sexton recently retired from his position as City Health Officer for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, for whom he worked for 27 years.
Sexton has a rich family history, being related to the abolitionist William Still. Harriet Tubman is known as the most successful “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, escorting 3,000 slaves to freedom. The Still family of Lawnside, New Jersey and the Underground Railroad were highlighted in the July 1984 issue of the National Geographic Journal.
The free program, which is entitled “The Underground Railroad and the Still Family: Historical Anchors,” will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 4 at the Burnett Library, 560 E. Hill St. For more information, contact Marie Treadwell at or (562) 432-2015.
The African-American Heritage Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by co-founders Indira Hale and Doris Topsy-Elvord at the Burnett Library in response to drastic cuts in library funding that would have prevented the purchase of books on Black and African-American history and culture.

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