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POSTED: June 2, 2010 1:17 p.m.
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Employees from the Target Distribution Center in Midway add bricks to "The Walk: An African-American Tribute" at the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation last weekend. The walkway will eventually bear the names of nearly 6,000 people enslaved in Liberty County around 1860.

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More bricks were laid in place last weekend as several employees from Midway’s Target Distribution Center volunteered to work on The Walk: An African-American Tribute at the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation.
The walkway will eventually bear the names of nearly 6,000 men, women and children enslaved in Liberty County around 1860.
The first 30-feet of bricks were placed a year ago and Mary Beth Evans, executive vice president of the LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation, said she hopes the project can be completed this year, the 150th anniversary of the 1860 Census which inspired the idea for the project.
While Evans has had several corporate sponsors and volunteers for the past years she said Target has been especially giving.
“Target has been a very good friend to LeConte-Woodmanston over the past few years,” she said.
In fact, Target previously funded a children’s garden, which Evans said is nearly complete and will provide educational opportunities to school-aged kids about the different types of native and non-native plants at the plantation’s botanical garden.
“It’s going very nicely and we decided to make it a permanent fixture,” Evans said of the children’s garden. They’ve just been terrific community minded people as far as we are concerned.”
Target also sponsored a coloring book for the children featuring native flora and fauna.
“They got a lot done,” Evans said about last weekend’s work. “There was a lot of prep work to do still so I was very happy with the progress. They were a nice group of people.”
Evans said, “I think when they first came into town they contacted Leah Poole at the United Way and asked her for the names of some organizations they could help out and fortunately she gave them our name,” Evans said. “They invited us to apply for another grant for another program. They’ve been one of our stronger supporters.”
For more information about The Walk or the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation and ways you can help or volunteer, go to www.leconte-woodmanston.org.

 

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