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Nannie Mae McComber named grand marshal

Guinea native Nannie Mae Belvin Jenkins McComber was named the 2019 Guinea Jubilee grand marshal at a ceremony during Guinea Heritage Day on Sunday at Achilles Elementary School.

She will be honored during the 40th annual Guinea Jubilee Parade, which will begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Union Baptist Church in Bena and will end at the Abingdon Ruritan Club.

In announcing the choice, Guinea Heritage Association spokesman Hamilton Williams said that this year’s grand marshal “is not a waterman and did not run a seafood business.” He described McComber as a descendant of Guinea families “going back to the earliest group.”

In discussing the committee’s choice of McComber, Williams said that no one else had come close to the scope of her work in recording Guinea history. In 1985, McComber began researching her own family’s history in Gloucester County records, and since then, she has researched the records of countless other families, co...

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