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Tickets still available for Historic Black Towns gala

A few tickets are still available for the Historic Black Towns Honors 13 banquet, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, 3501 Quail Creek Road.

The banquet is sponsored by the Coltrane Group, which has a mission of preserving the 13 remaining historically black towns in Oklahoma, and was postponed from February due to inclement weather.

Andre L. and Jessilyn Hall Head, who founded the nonprofit, said volunteers and civic leaders will be honored from among the towns of Brooksville, Boley, Clearview, Grayson, Langston, Lima, Redbird, Rentiesville, Summit, Taft, Tatums, Tulahassee and Vernon.

Tickets for the banquet are $70 each and available by calling 206-948-8852 or 206-949-5012 or by going to

Previous honorees from the historic towns include Yoko and Larry Spears, Iceola Dillingham, Alberta Mayberry, Eldridge Gordon, Stanley Carlis, Stephen D. Russell and the Rev. Anderson C. Fields.

Honored during the first Historic Black Towns banquet for their support of the mission of the Coltrane Group were Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society; Oklahoma Sen. George E. Young; the Rev. M.L. Jemison, senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and his wife, Jaqueline Jemison; Melvena Heisch, assistant director for preservation, Oklahoma Historical Society; Jan Larsen, former director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Bruce Fisher, administrative program officer, Oklahoma Historical Society.