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Posted on: February 7, 2018

February is Black History Month

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February is designated as Black History Month. The contributions of African Americans to the City of Xenia have been longstanding and have spanned many arenas.  In the field of politics, we are extremely pleased that our City has had two African American Mayors, as well as African American City Council members, throughout the years.

Mayor James T. Henry served the City for more than eight years as Mayor in the sixties and seventies, and Mayor Marsha J. Bayless recently completed an eight-year term as Mayor.

African American Council members have included the following prominent citizens:

  • Vermon Dillon
  • Dr. Lee G. Esprit, Jr.
  • Fred Hall III
  • Hewlett A. “Moon” Mullins*
  • Thomas L. Scrivens
  • Dr. Edgar Wallace
  • Dr. Eric V.A. Winston

We salute all these pioneers during this Black History Month and hope you will join with us in celebrating the contributions and achievements of African Americans to our great City!     

*Mr. Mullins was a "City Commissioner." Prior to November 3, 1998, City Council members were called "Commissioners." 


For more information, check out the Xenia Daily Gazette from Thursday, February 8, 2018 to see how you can participate in Black History Month. 

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