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History comes alive at Willow Hill
Community holds annual heritage, faith, health festival
Willow Hill file 2016
In this photo from the 2016 Willow Hill Festival, Dr. Alvin Jackson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, left, points out to fellow Willow Hill School alumnus Bearneas Dukes Lanier that she is pictured on a t-shirt when she was the reigning Miss Willow Hill. The 2018 festival is set for Saturday and Sunday.
It took on the appearance of a family reunion of sorts, or maybe a class reunion; perhaps an eighth-grade history class. However it was looked upon, the sixth annual Willow Hill Heritage Festival and Health Fair, held Saturday and Sunday at the Willow Hill School grounds near Portal, was two days of celebration steeped in cultural history and rich in memories of days gone by. Now called the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, the building is part of the school system that was founded by former slaves in 1874.
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