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York County dedicates Charles Brown Park building in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King speaks with members of First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, including Pastor David Collins (right) in June 1962. (Photo courtesy First Baptist Church)

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will soon be further memorialized in Greater Williamsburg.

York County will honor King by naming one of its facilities, a building at the Charles Brown Park, after him in a ceremony on Feb. 9, according to a York County news release.

The dedication ceremony comes after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in August to dedicate the building the following February during Black History month.

The move was spurred by a request to Supervisor Chad Green by Andrew Shannon, president of the Virginia Peninsula chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Local officials and civil rights leaders will give brief speeches at the ceremony, and King’s niece, Rev. Robin Scott-King, will also speak.

Both Green and Shannon will speak, as well as Supervisor Sheila Noll, Rev. Barbara Lemon, local NAACP chapter president Brian Smalls, L. D’Shawn Wright, and Scott-King.

The event will take place on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at Charles Brown Park located at 1950 Old Williamsburg Road in Lackey. The park is the namesake of Lackey resident and York County teacher Charles Brown who dedicated his life to helping promote educational equality for African Americans in York County.

People who want to attend the event are encouraged to park at the Rising Sun Baptist Church, where a shuttle will transport people to and from the park.

For more information about the dedication ceremony call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 757-890-3500.

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