Seniors have stories to tell that help preserve their legacy and history

Senior adults tell their stories on Thursdays at the Harrison Center For Active Aging, 611 W. Noble St. Pictured left to right are: Author Cindy Brookshire of Pine Level, Selma seniors Johnny Wheeler and Dina Flowers and Selma Historian Eric Jackson. Brookshire and Jackson facilitate the free story telling program held from 3 to 5 p.m.

By Steve Reed

Every senior adult has a story to tell, a legacy to pass on. Cindy Brookshire of Pine Level and others are providing an opportunity through the “Telling Our Stories” program held Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Harrison Center For Active Aging, 611 W. Noble St.

Brookshire volunteers with the Selma Development Partnership, which operates both the Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum and the Selma Visitor Center.

“In 2016 I attended an “Oral History Workshop for Interviewers” at the Johnston County Heritage Center,” said Brookshire. “The Heritage Center is actively collecting interviews with county residents who were eyewitnesses to history, especially veterans of World War II and the desegregation of county schools in the 1960s.”

Brookshire said she was interested in writing about people in Selma, so Todd Johnson, executive director of the Heritage Center, sent her transcripts of recorded interviews with former Selma residents.

“I teamed with local historian Eric Jackson and Tammy Willoughby, program coordinator of the Harrison Center for Active Aging to set up ‘Telling Our Stories’ in May as a basic fun activity for seniors,” said Brookshire.

“We’re hoping that the activity will lead to finding significant interviews that The Heritage Center would be interested in, as well as a museum program we are hoping to fund with a grant.”

Brookshire said she and Jackson sit at a table in the craft room and whoever wants to, can sit down and talk with them.

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