The School Superintendent: Man of Questions and Humor
Richard Reston
His education began in the anthracite regions of Pennsylvania, in small towns like Shepton and Port Carbon.
He had come to the smoky mining areas of the state as a young lad from Front Royal, Va., his birthplace, a small resort community nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. His father was a successful auto mechanic after long military service in the army.
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Old Cemetery Suggests Keys To Island Past
Marcus McGraw
Hidden under scrub oak, among beer bottles, rusty lobster pots and piles of clam shells is a cemetery of forgotten souls. Only a few stones still remain, one which marks the death of young man who died at sea and was buried here along the Lagoon Pond marsh. 
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Grace Church Honored as African American Heritage Trail Site
Holly Pretsky
On Sunday Grace Church became the 28th site on the African American Heritage Trail.
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Panel on Race Defines Issues
Yvonne Guzman
The opinions were as varied as they were emphatic: There have been great opportunities lost in the area of civil rights. Poverty affects 43 per cent of all black children in the United States, the same proportion as it did the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Still, African-American people are better off than ever before, and a recent poll showed that most are, in fact, content.
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Tuesdays in the Newsroom Visits Inkwell Beach and Oak Bluffs Summers
Sara Brown
Olive Tomlinson, Gretchen Tucker Underwood and Skip Finley shared memories of their Oak Bluffs childhoods, moving in the orbit of a tight-knit community of African American summer residents.
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Honoring Our African-American History
Elaine Cawley-Weintraub
The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard has united communities and augmented the rich fabric of the Island’s history.
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Recording Black History on Martha's Vineyard, Filling the Gaps
Louisa Hufstader
A groundbreaking project to record the oral histories of 5,000 African Americans has returned to the Vineyard, with more than three dozen videotaped interviews scheduled over two weeks.
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Revisiting Shearer Summer Theatre
Alex Elvin
In the 1940s, a small group of women started the Shearer Summer Theatre. Olive Tomlinson's mother Cutie Bowles was one of them.
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A New Day Dawns for the Bradley Memorial
Vineyard Gazette

The Bradley Memorial Baptist Church of Oak Bluffs is happy now to be in possession of a new church home where services have been held the past three Sundays. The structure which stands opposite the Oak Bluffs town hall on Pequot avenue, was built by the First Baptist Church and I used for many years until this congregation disbanded and sold the property to the Odd Fellows Fraternity.

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Black Whaling Captains Found Liberty at Sea
Louisa Hufstader
Of the 2,500 masters who captained whaling ships during three centuries of whaling, at least 63 were men of color, five with Martha’s Vineyard ties, Skip Finley told a rapt audience Wednesday night.
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