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Speaker to discuss black neighborhood

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston native Barbara Hicks Lacy will present “African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective” Thursday at the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center.

The program is the third in The Block Speakers Series, which focuses on the history of black neighborhoods in Charleston. Lacy’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Lacy spent her first six years living at her mother’s boarding house on Shrewsbury Street, in the middle of the area called “The Block.” She continued to maintain strong ties to the area until 1957, working at her father’s restaurant, the Block Cafe, in two locations along Washington Street East.

A graduate of Garnet High School, West Virginia State College and West Virginia University, Lacy was a social worker and social worker supervisor for the Department of Health and Human Resources, and worked for several other agencies.

For more information, call the Division of Culture and History at 304-558-0230.

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