History Makers Exhibit: Honoring Local African Americans


UTICA, New York (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)– Kevin Byrd, one of the history makers highlighted in this showcase helped commence this new exhibit.

“I felt that it was time we needed a place in history somewhere, to really highlight and pay tribute to a young African American male’s work and the body of work that we as the Brown Byrd Foundation has done.” —Kevin Byrd, Thespian

His foundation brings awareness to prostate cancer, which has gotten national recognition.

“Rebecca McLain, she approved it. She said yes, let’s do this undertaking. Let’s under take this big project and let’s make a difference in our community at large to solute contemporary African American men and women who’ve made a difference in Oneida County history and community and around the world.”—Kevin Byrd

“He’s only 40 years old and already runs his own foundation. Every year they actually light up Niagara Falls, I want to say February 2nd in honor of Prostate Awareness, thanks to Kevin.”—Rebecca McLain, Executive Director-Oneida County History Center

Delvin Moody who serves on the Utica Common Council for Cornhill is also showcased in this exhibit.

“I never seen it as a historic moment. I really ran just to make sure that I gave Cornhill a greater voice and was their representative in city hall. But to look back and to see it as being the youngest person to serve on the council, the youngest black person to serve in the state at the time is pretty amazing. I grew up in a single parent household, my mother went to work and to think that now I can have this place in history is just really humbling.” —Delvin Moody

And the first black female Oneida County Legislator, Evon Ervin is a part of this showcase.

“To see actually what you’re doing it’s like being in the forest, you don’t see the trees. So just doing the work, I just want to do it. But to be asked to be in the history center was amazing.” —Evon Ervin

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