A group of family members, pastors, classmates, civic leaders, and area residents filled the Ben D. Johnson Park pavilion Saturday, August 20 to commemorate the life of Ms. Sylvia Marie Morrow on the anniversary of her passing in 2021.
Ms. Morrow’s sister, Sharon Morrow, organized the event which was emceed by retired 43 year Natchitoches educator Ms. Gwen Antee Hardison Davis. Rev. Jerald Danzell of Asbury United Methodist Church delivered the opening prayer and later led the group in a spirited rendition of Amazing Grace. Ms. Morrow, a 1965 alumnae of Central High School, where she sang alto in the choir, was fondly remembered by several classmates and friends. City Council members Chris Petite and Betty Sawyer-Smith also remembered Ms. Morrow. Rev. Hall of Eastside Church of God in Christ and Rev Stampley of Shekinah Glory Church closed the event with words of comfort. The group then enjoyed some fellowship over a superb barbeque dinner.
Ms. Sylvia Marie Morrow was the first woman, and the first Black woman, to be elected to the Natchitoches City Council where she served for twenty years. She was recognized as a trailblazer who cared deeply for her constituents and worked tirelessly on their behalf. In the words of one of the speakers: “Natchitoches is a better place that she passed through here…”
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