Congregation celebrates belated Black History Month

A local congregation honored several Bronx residents Friday for making a difference in their community in a belated celebration of Black History Month.



Congregants of Thessalonia Baptist Church say this celebration is especially meaningful because a snowstorm canceled the event last month.



Close to 100 people packed the historic church on Reverend James Polite Avenue, to honor four community members, including 87-year-old Elizabeth Gill, who is the president of the 47th Precinct community council.



Gill has worked for decades with her neighbors and law enforcement to improve their relationship.



She says her dedication comes from seeing young people graduate and seeing seniors interacting with the police and young people in the community.



Gill tells News 12 she is thrilled to be recognized as a Black History Month honoree, in conjunction with this month's Women's History Month.


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