The Friends of the Edinburg Library invite you to celebrate Black History Month at the monthly Brown Bag Lunch on Monday, Feb. 2, at noon at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library.

Sonya Miller, reference librarian, will share “From Pioneers to Pageantry, Five Generations of African Women along the Rio Grande;” the history and legacy of her family as they moved into a land and life of freedom in the South Texas Region.

Miller comes from a long line of spirited pioneer women. Come hear her stories about her great, great grandmother, Harriet Roseta Eakins, a free woman of Irish and Biloxi Native American descent who was enslaved upon her arrival in San Antonio with her husband, a cobbler, who had come to start a business. To this point, Mrs. Eakins had not known slavery. Miller says her great, great grandmother never spoke of those times only to say, “No one has to tell me stories about slavery. I lived it.”

The history and stories of Miller’s family are interwoven with some of the most important times in our Nation’s history. These five generations of women served community and their country. They became entrepreneurs, teachers, practical nurses and mentors to those that came after them. Miller will also share her display of precious family heirlooms.

Please plan to share this epic event. This is a time for our community to reflect on our past and move forward into our country’s bright future. Bring your sandwich and a friend. The Friends of the Edinburg Library will provide drinks and dessert.

The Dustin M. Sekula Library is located at 1906 S. Closner, Edinburg.

For more information, please call 956-383-6246.