Com­mu­nity cel­e­brates John J. Creighton Day

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— The com­mu­nity gath­ered at the Har­riet Tub­man Mu­seum and Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter on Sun­day, June 25 to cel­e­brate John J. Creighton Day.

This year was the third cel­e­bra­tion in honor of Creighton who passed away on May 25, 2015.

Creighton was a re­searcher, his­to­rian, and poet from Dorch­ester County. He pur­sued ex­ten­sive re­search on the sub­ject of Har­riet Tub­man, and was in­stru­men­tal in the found­ing of the Har­riet Tub­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion, and even­tu­ally the newly opened Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and ac­com­pa­ny­ing state and na­tional parks.

The mem­ory of Creighton was cel­e­brated with some of his fa­vorite gospel songs, led by his friends Renna McK­in­ney and Karen Somerville, and re­flec­tions about him de­liv­ered by friends Pa­tri­cia Lewis, William Jar­mon, Don­ald Pin­der, Linda Wheat­ley, Shirley Jack­son, Christi Camper and Rev­erend Keith Cor­nish.

“To­day, we’re here to cel­e­brate John; to cel­e­brate his le­gacy; to cel­e­brate the man who gave so much to this com­mu­nity,” Lewis said.

Wheat­ley shared sto­ries of grow­ing up with Creighton, who she thought of as a brother, and her con­ver­sa­tions with him about his re­search.

“John J. Creighton had a heart of gold,” Jack­son said. “A great leader of the move­ment, and a very com­pas­sion­ate man. He was a man of many tal­ents, and he had a role to play in the Har­riet Tub­man Un­der­ground Rail­road Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.”

Jack­son said Creighton al­ways went above and be­yond to seek more in­for­ma­tion about Tub­man, and made his monthly dis­cus­sion group anx­ious to learn more about her and her life.

Rev­erend Cor­nish called Creighton a re­mark­able man, and praised his ex­cep­tional level of schol­ar­ship in his re­search, and his abil­ity to share that re­search with oth­ers.

Sev­eral of those who shared their mem­o­ries of Creighton en­cour­aged guests to help con­tinue his work, to strive to learn more about Tub­man and to main­tain her le­gacy in Dorch­ester County.

The ser­vice was con­cluded with praise, singing, and re­fresh­ments. John J. Creighton Day is rec­og­nized in Cam­bridge each year on June 25.

Karen Somerville lead­ing guests in the singing of some of John Creighton’s fa­vorite gospel songs.

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