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Halifax County supes mull non-profit grants, Henrietta Lacks statue

SoVaNow.com / October 04, 2021
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors is set to consider the formation of a committee to oversee the award of grants to non-profit organizations, using the county’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act pandemic relief fund. The $1.9 trillion package, passed by Congress and the Biden Administration, provides $6,586,814 to Halifax, with half of the money — $3,293,407 — already in hand.

County Administrator Scott Simpson is expected to ask supervisors at their meeting tonight to establish a committee to develop eligibility guidelines, along with an application process and final review process. The committee would determine how ARPA funds should be dispensed.

Supervisors may act on the request at their monthly meeting tonight.

Also, the board is expected to hear an update from the Henrietta Lacks Committee, which was formed earlier this year to consider a statue to Henrietta Lacks at the courthouse. The proposal was put forth by the Halifax County-South Boston Chapter NAACP and One Community, a biracial group of citizens in Halifax County.

The Henrietta Lacks Committee consists of ED-1 supervisor Ricky Short and ED-8 supervisor William Bryant Claiborne, and citizen members Barbara Coleman-Brown of the NAACP and Hope Harris-Gayles of One Community.

Supervisors meet at 6:30 p.m. in Halifax.

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The statue does not belong on the court house. Put it in a county own park. She was not in the military and did not even know she made any kind of contribution.

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Why is Wendell Scott always looked over? This man raced all in the county on his way to win a Nascar Race beating every snag that was thrown at him. In my eyes, he's a True Hero. As far as Henrietta statue goes, the Hospital is a more fitting place for it to be seen.

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The same folks that want to erect statues of blacks all over want to tear down statues of White heroes? Nothing like stirring up racial hatred and hard feelings, eh?


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