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Terrell Boyd honored for being first African American Eagle Scout in Middlesex

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Terrell Boyd (center) was honored Sunday as the first African American Eagle Scout in Middlesex County. A framed photo of Boyd was presented by Scoutmaster Tony Banks (right) to Marilyn South (left), president of the Middlesex County Museum. The photo will hang in the county museum at Saluda. About 150 people attended the program at the historic courthouse in Saluda as part of Black History Month. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Willie Terrell Boyd was honored by the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society at a program on Sunday at the Historic Middlesex County courthouse.

Boyd was the first African American Eagle Scout in Middlesex County history. Eagle is the highest honor in Scouts, and Boyd earned it in 1990 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Sam Lowman, who is now deceased.

Boyd was the ninth person to make Eagle Scout among the 23 Eagle Scouts in the history of Troop 341, which was founded 63 years ago.

He is the son of Faye Beverley of Warner and presently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Scoutmaster Tony Banks presented Boyd with a photo of when Boyd was a Scout, which will hang in the county museum. 

The museum also honored Rev. Chauncey Mann, longtime minister of Grafton Baptist Church in Hartfield. Mann retired last year after 37 years of service to his congregation and to the Middlesex County community.

The “Voices of Freedom,” a living history program honoring famous African Americans, featured the heroics of Pvt. James Daniel Gardner of Gloucester County who fought for the Union in the Civil War and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also portrayed in the program was Harriet Tubman, a leader in the Underground Railroad movement that provided an avenue for freedom to slaves throughout the South. 

posted 02.27.2013

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