The Gloucester Museum of History will celebrate Black History Month in February with an exhibit and programs honoring the memory of lifelong county resident Eldridge N. Cook.
Cook, who resided in Bena, was an entrepreneur and the owner of Cook’s Oyster and Seafood Company, which operated on Sarah’s Creek for over 70 years. In the community, Cook served on the Virginia Marine Products Board, the Gloucester Social Services Board and the Gloucester Planning Commission.
In 2010 at the age of 95, Cook closed his seafood business and continued to contribute to Gloucester and his church, First Morning Star Baptist at Bena. He established the Eldridge N. Cook Charitable Fund with the Gloucester Community Foundation to give a hand up to young people in danger of falling through the cracks.
Cook also contributed to a scholarship fund through the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation.
Beginning Feb. 1, the Gloucester Museum of History will feature...
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