Margaret “Marge” Harlan received the League of Women Voters of Missouri Harriet Woods Award for Exemplary Community Service at their state convention in Jefferson City May 4.
Candidates for this award, which is given every two years, are nominated by their local league for their work on a current project that benefits the community. The Sedalia group nominated Harlan for her work creating the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library.
Harlan began the project a couple of years ago with a Peace Garden on the property to the side of the building. She and her late husband, Jerry Harlan, also a member of the League, worked tirelessly on the project. The last year has been spent getting Nolen’s former home redone to become the library and meeting space. It is hoped that the library will serve as a gathering point for the black families of this area to tell their stories and do research on local genealogy. The library is located at 109 Lima Alley.
Those attending the banquet and awards presentation with Harlan included several member of the local league: Janice Simpson, Mary Merritt, Marcia Cocozza, Myrna Ragar and Kathleen Boswell, along with Rose Nolen and Harlan’s daughter, Brooke Tibbetts from Ames, Iowa. Photo Submitted.