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Celia event to focus on contemporary racism

Celia event to focus on contemporary racism

December 18th, 2011 in News

For the past six years, Fulton State Hospital's Cultural Competence Council has marked the anniversary of the death of Celia, a Fulton slave who was executed after being convicted of the murder of her owner.

This year, that commemoration will have a slightly different tone.

"We've had the history of Celia and the story of Celia be the focus. We feel at this point that story has been told, in-depth, and we wanted to add to it," said Heather Phelps, chair of the Cultural Competence Council.

Phelps said the focus of the seventh-annual Celia Commemoration - which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fulton City Hall - will "be more contemporary ... on how racism shows its face today."

The guest speaker for the event will be Larry Brown, a professor of cultural geography at the University of Missouri and a Callaway County resident.