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Posted on: January 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Hampton to honor 16 local heroes on Martin Luther King Day

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Jan. 14, 2020 - Hampton will hold a virtual ceremony on Monday to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 16 local people who have had an impact on Hampton through a commitment to peace, justice, and progress.

Mayor Donnie Tuck announced the names of this year's honorees at the City Council meeting on Wednesday. They are:

Community Leaders: Chester Lee Brown, Anderson W. Clary Jr., Jacob Heffelfinger, Lillian Epps Johnson, Lillie Mae Jones and William Alfred Smith.  

Trailblazers in History: Alice Bacon, A.W.E. Bassette, Rosa Parks, Ruppert Leon Sargent, William Trusty, William Tucker, Harriet Tubman and George Wythe.

Modern-Era Trailblazers in Public Service: Linda D. Curtis and B.J. Roberts

The ceremony is usually held at the site of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hampton Heroes Memorial Plaza, a reflective spot outside the Hampton Roads Convention Center. This year, due to the spread of COVID-19, we will have to gather virtually instead.

You can view the ceremony live on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. It will be streamed on the web page - – and also on the city’s Facebook and YouTube channels. 

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