‘Remembering Cape Girardeau’s African-American History’ Topic of Feb. 23 Panel Discussion

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 19, 2009 – Residents of Cape Girardeau will have an opportunity to “Remember Cape Girardeau’s African-American History” with a panel of long-time residents who will gather Monday, Feb. 23, to share memories, tell stories and interact with each other.

The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Dempster Auditorium of Crisp Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Those who will share their stories are Louise Duncan, Leola Twiggs, Eartha Dobbins, Donald Sherwood, Helen Sterling and Ed Pike. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of Southeast’s Center for Regional History, will moderate the session.

Participants not only will share personal stories about their lives and work in Cape Girardeau, but they also will offer perspectives on changes that have taken place in the community within the past half century or more, Nickell said. There will be shared memories of some of the most memorable people in Cape Girardeau’s modern history. Specific topics to be addressed will include the impact of television, the interstate and floods. Memories of best friends, special teachers, doctors and ministers, childhood games and fun will all be “remembered” and shared with the audience, Nickell said. The program will be videotaped, and a copy will be placed in the University Archives.

“Remembering Cape Girardeau’s African-American Past” is sponsored by the University’s Department of History and the Center for Regional History, and is a part of Southeast’s Black History Month Program.

For more information, call (573) 651-2555.