The Nelson T. Gant Foundation came together to celebrate the former slave's birthday and his impact on the local community.
The brunch and fundraiser honors Gant. Board Member Keisha Norris spoke with us to tell the man's extraordinary story.
"Nelson T. Gant was a former slave who received his freedom after his master died and purchased the freedom of his wife, Anna Marie Gant, and then they moved here to Zanesville," said Norris. "Here he worked various...
Saturday at the Nelson T. Gant Foundation, the Inkwell Reunion Panel dipped into Zanesvilles history.
Earnie Bynum Sr. and Rev. Robert L. Palmer Sr. reminisced about their time at pool #2. Palmer said that during his time as director and pool manager back in the '40s he was unaware of its name " Inkwell" but he recalled fond memories of teaching aquatic classes.
"We always had a wonderful time there. We had classes. I taught classes. Swimming, boating, fishing and...
Several community members turned out to Bryan's Place in Zanesville Saturday to honor the life of Nelson T. Gant.
The 12th annual birthday celebration included brunch, a 50 - 50 raffle, silent auction, and a dance performance. While the main purpose of the event was to raise money for the Gant Foundation, there was another important reason for the gathering as well.
"It's also to remember the legacy of Nelson Gant who was a former slave, born into slavery,...
The Nelson T. Gant Foundation will show four documentaries that highlight different stages of the civil rights movement.
The foundation received a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities to bring the "Created Equal" four series program to Zanesville. It's a way to celebrate the 150th year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
"The first movie is The Abolitionist and this movie tells about the really remarkable individuals that risked their own lives...
One man's legacy lives on through the work of a local foundation.
Nelson T. Gant was a former slave who became a millionaire through his hard work and settled in Zanesville . Today the Nelson T. Gant Foundation met for the 11th time to celebrate his birthday and to raise money to keep the Historical Gant House updated. Martha Mitchell is the Chairman for the Fundraiser and says she has high hopes for the future.
"Mainly for people to have fun and also for people to continue...
Members of the Nelson T. Gant Foundation were cooking up something special for the community Friday.
The annual Chili Fest delivered nearly two hundred orders of chili. The meal includes 16 ounces of chili, a cookie, soda and crackers. The chili was homemade by the foundation's own Susie Whataker. The event wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers.
"Thank goodness for the volunteers because we were running short this year and so we had quite a few people come in...
If you are a War Veteran, you may be eligible for a number of benefits you didn't know about.
Years after a knee injury in Vietnam, Veteran Kenneth Burke may now need to under go a knee replacement, and thanks to the Department of Veterans Affairs he likely won't have to pay for it. Along with earning his engineering degree, and a number of other benefits, Burke said many of life's expenses have been no cost to him.