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Coffee and Conversation is a series of informal morning gatherings sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle.

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LWV of New Rochelle's Coffee and Conversation Features Linda Tarrant-Reid on Plans for the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and Lincoln Park Conservancy History & Culture Center, Friday , Feb. 14, 9:30 am at Library

Linda Tarrant-Reid, Executive Director of The Lincoln Park Conservancy, Inc., will be the guest at Coffee and Conversation on February 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza. Coffee and Conversation is an informal public program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle to promote discussion of contemporary topics. Coffee and light refreshments will be served Ms. Tarrant-Reid, an author and historian, has written extensively about African-American history, and her talk is scheduled as part of Black History Month. She will describe the establishment of the Lincoln Park Conservancy History & Culture Center and its programming for 2020; explain the impact of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State that will reconfigure Memorial Highway to connect the Lincoln Avenue corridor to downtown; and discuss a historic desegregation case that resulted in the Lincoln Elementary School being torn down in 1963 and replaced by Lincoln Park.

The former school is now green space, play areas, and "Park and Grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden," an organic farm established by Ms. Tarrant-Reid, who grew up in the area. Historically, the Lincoln School Desegregation Case was the first case of its kind filed and won in a northern city after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

The Lincoln Park Conservancy History & Culture Center will document the rich history of the area's community and will be located at 387 Huguenot Street, in a new building currently under construction, named The Huguenot.

For further information about the event, call the library at 632-8254.

Coffee and light refreshments will be available.

For further information, contact the library at 914-632-8254 or Ms. Alexander at 914-632-2308 or at royjoanalex@yahoo.com.

All conversations are held in the New Rochelle Public Library.

Coffee & Conversation takes place the third Friday of the month (September through June) at 9:30am.