Retired Clayton teacher to present research into the history of Clayton’s African-American community

The national celebration of Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions of African-Americans to the nation’s history.

As part of the month-long celebration, Donna Rogers-Beard will present her research into the history of Clayton’s African-American community as part of the Clayton Century Foundation’s History Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Center of Clayton.

A retired educator, Rogers-Beard taught Social Studies in the region since the late 1960’s and began her work at Clayton High School in 1990. In 2006, the Missouri Council for the Social studies named her Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Rogers-Beard has examined the subject of Clayton’s displaced African-American residents for many years. Her extensive research will be included in an upcoming book on the subject.

She’s been working on her research since 1991, sifting through archives and conducting interviews to retrace Clayton’s past.

The event is free and open to the public. Those in attendance are invited to stay after the presentation for coffee and dessert.

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