Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Register O’Donnell Commemorates Black History Month on QATV (video)

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, recently appeared on a segment broadcast by Quincy Access Television commemorating Black History Month and recognizing distinguished African Americans with ties to Norfolk County.

“There are a number of prominent African Americans with ties to Norfolk County”, noted the Register, “ranging from world-renowned figures like Booker T. Washington, who summered in Weymouth, to lesser known but important figures such as Florida Ruffin Ridley, a nineteenth century civil rights activist from Brookline, one of the first black public schoolteachers in Boston and editor of the Women’s Era, the country’s first newspaper established by and for African American women.”

Some of the other African Americans mentioned by Register O’Donnell in the segment include historic figures like William B. Gould, after whom a park in Dedham was recently renamed, Henry W. Diggs from Norwood, former Boston Celtic and Sharon resident Sam Jones and more contemporary individuals like Randolph’s Audie Cornish, a reporter and host on National Public Radio, William (“Mo”) Cowan from Stoughton who served in the United States Senate and former Governor Deval Patrick, a resident of Milton from 1989 to 2016.

“I appreciate Mark Crosby and the folks at Quincy Access Television providing me the opportunity to expound on some of the rich history of Norfolk County and honor some of the contributions of African Americans from our communities here in Norfolk County that have been a part of that history”, stated Register O’Donnell.

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