Shiloh recognizes 10 historic Black women

Coretta Butler describes the life of Mrs. Evelyn Bonner, the late principal of Bonner Elementary School.


As part of local Black History Month celebrations, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church recognized 10 Black women who helped shape Daytona Beach. The event was held on February 23 at the church, where Rev. LeNorris Dixon is the pastor.

Biographies of the 10 women who were remembered were presented by local residents, many from other churches.

The life of founder/educator Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was presented by Sarah Rone of Shiloh; physician Dr. Evelyn Crossman by Sharon James of Tubman King; Mrs. Dufferin B. Harris by Valerie Whitney of Allen Chapel A.M.E.; educator Mrs. Evelyn Bonner by Coretta Butler of Tree of Life; and educator Mrs. Turie T. Small by Carrell Poole of Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist.

Entrepreneur Willie Lee Gant Brinkley was presented by Leroy Edwards, Jr.; educator/founder Rose Marie Bryon by Tanya Williams; educator and city commissioner Mrs. Freddye Moore by Brenda Moore of Mount Bethel Institutional Baptist; educator/mayor Yvonne Scarlett-Golden by Barbara Scarlett of Greater Friendship Baptist; and educator/legislator Muriel H. Bethune by Carmen Williamson of New Mount Zion Baptist.

Greetings and singing

Dr. Jason E. Glenn presided, with greetings from Mary Ann Gordon-Harvey of Westside Baptist, and an occasion by Lillie Fleming of New Mount Zion Primitive Baptist. Shiloh Women’s ministry led devotion and the Shiloh Choir sang a selection.

Khlaii Smith of Turie T. Small Elementary performed a praise dance, and Gloria Knighton Glenn of Friendship Missionary Baptist performed a solo. Stella Workman of Mount Caramel Missionary Baptist performed a poem, and Deacon Dennis Beckton and Marquette Heath took up the offering.

Remarks were rendered by Margaret Smith, Patricia Heard, and Jason Glenn.


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