The Turner 15 Challenge – December 16th update

This challenge seeks 15 Donors of $500 or more in honor of the Turner Family of Grafton, Vermont and their Lexington, Massachusetts Descendants. A Turner descendant has lived in Lexington since the turn of the 20th century.  Read more about the Turner family here, Daisy Turner’s Kin: An African American Family Saga.

Thanks to our Turner 15 Challenge Donors and to all of our donors to date we have surpassed our fundraising goal of $25,000. See below the Turner 15 Challenge Donors list as of December 12, 2020.

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Black History Project of Lexington – Update

Because of you we have exceeded our fundraising goal of $25,000!  Writing on behalf of the Black History Project of Lexington fundraising team, we are grateful for your generous and heartfelt support. 

  • ABCL’s Black History Portrait Banners
    • The portrait banners are scheduled to be displayed in Lexington Center from Thursday, January 14, 2021 through Monday, March 1, 2021, and then displayed annually.
    • The portrait banner biographies are scheduled to be available at by January 14, 2021.
  • The Oral and Visual History Project of Lexingtonians of African Descent
    • The Period of Emphasis for February 2021 is 1960 to Present.
    • To schedule a donation contact us at
  • ABCL’s Lexington Black Heritage Trail
    • According to scholars, cousins Eli and Silas Burdoo and Prince Estabrook fought on April 19, 1775.  We will honor these Black Lexingtonians with our first set of historical markers.
    • Additional monuments and markers commemorating the lives and histories of Black people in Lexington from the 18th century to the present will be installed.