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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Now Accepting 2024 Black History Month Honoree Nominations (11-13-23)

The Board of Directors of the Benson Museum of Local History is seeking nominations for an honoree for the 2024 Black History Month Celebration. 

Do you know someone that has been a pioneer for the African American community in Benson? If so, please consider nominating them to be honored in 2024. The person chosen will be honored for their contributions to the African American community and Benson as a whole. 

This is also an excellent time for friends, relatives, and other community members to show the honoree how much their work and life has been appreciated. This could be a business owner, a civic leader, an educator, a tireless volunteer, or any other citizen of Benson that has positively affected the community.

This year, the Museum Board will select the honoree using a set of weighted criteria:

-Nominee’s impact in black community (30%)
-Nominee’s impact in/for Benson (25%)
-Nominee’s volunteer experience in Benson (15%)
-Nominee’s volunteer experience in Benson (15%)
-Nominee has resided in Benson (10%)
-Nominee’s impact on County/State/National Level (10%)
-Nominee’s community and/or political engagement (10%)

Past Recipients — 2023 Geneva Covington, 2022 Cicero Williams, 2021 Joyce White Warren, 2020 Cleo McKinnon, 2019 Nathan Alford, 2018 Fred Nelson, 2017 Peggy Alford, 2016 Harvey Johnson, 2015 Rosa Clark, 2014 Annie Pearl Clark Mack, 2013 Frances Williams, 2012 Johnnie Barfield Greene

***Nominations are due by Friday, December 15, 2023***

For our secure online nomination form, click here:

We will also be accepting paper nominations as well as online submissions this year.  Paper nominations are available at the Benson Museum of Local History, the Mary Duncan Public Library, and the Benson Town Hall upon request.

If you would rather print out a copy of the form, you will find a printable PDF version here:

If you have any questions about the nomination form or the selection process please contact Town of Benson Cultural Arts Director Derrick Barefoot by phone at (919) 894-3724 or by email at

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