Chestnut exhibit opens

City Commissioner Yvonne Hinson-Rawls, left, and Rosa Rollins view the exhibit as two other ladies peer into the glass frame.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

The Chestnut family received an outpouring of love from the more than 100 family members, friends and guests who attended the Chestnut Funeral Home and Chestnut Family Black History Month exhibit, the first event in a slate of activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the funeral home.

Held Sunday at Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus, the exhibit featured a reception with remarks from Dean Judith Russell and Jana Smith Ronan, both of the library. They offered historical information about the family, which originally came from Camden, S.C., and settled and flourished here.

Cynthia Moore Chestnut recognized guests and introduced family members. Charles S. Chestnut III talked about his family. He said he hoped the younger generation understands the contributions made to this community by the folks who came here from Camden and that they and their offspring will continue to contribute to this community.

Christopher Chestnut expressed his gratitude for the community's support. "It's a business of love," said Christopher Chestnut. "Thank you for your support now for 100 years."

Cynthia Chestnut was very pleased with the event. "I'm overjoyed with the success of the program and honored to have so many family and friends there to support us," said Cynthia Chestnut. "Our heartfelt thanks to the Smathers Library." The exhibit will be on display through March.

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