Stories tagged with: Nelson T. Gant Foundation

June 13, 2015 - 2:17pm
11 weeks 22 hours ago

 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...

May 8, 2015 - 3:03pm
16 weeks 2 days ago

A long time area coach is taking another step in his coaching career. 

Before coach Whit Parks can leave for his new job at Fort Loramie, the Nelson T. Gant Foundation will give him a send off that secretary Mike Jackson said is well deserved.

People will have the chance to speak with coach Parks one more time at the Gant Foundation's annual brunch in June. 

"At the same time we're not wanting to just honor coach Parks, but we're wanting to give everyone...

August 16, 2014 - 6:53pm
1 year 1 week ago

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...

June 14, 2014 - 4:40pm
1 year 10 weeks ago

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,...

February 13, 2014 - 6:35pm
1 year 28 weeks ago

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...

November 8, 2013 - 6:10pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

The Nelson T. Gant Foundation is celebrating the heroism of local African American Veterans.

Friday morning at 11 a.m at the Gant House they will host their 3rd annual Veteran's Day Program. The event will feature refreshments and a panel of veterans from different decades and wars.

"I think the farthest back will be a speaker from the Vietnam era and on up until the present, but there maybe some people in the audience who have experiences prior to Vietnam War they may want...

June 8, 2013 - 5:51pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

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...

October 26, 2012 - 4:15pm
2 years 44 weeks ago

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...

June 9, 2012 - 5:33pm
3 years 11 weeks ago

The Nelson T. Gant Foundation is celebrating the birthday of the entrepreneur who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest men in Muskingum County.

The foundation was established in 2001 to make the Gant house into a museum. The focus of this year's fundraiser is to complete construction of the historical house.

Martha Mitchell is a member of the Gant Foundation Board, and she's working to keep history alive in Southeast Ohio.

"It's always been one of our...

November 12, 2011 - 4:55pm
3 years 41 weeks ago

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.

"Glasses, I go every year and I just...

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