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The 2004 crop of honorees added to the Fredericksburg Wall of Honor made lifelong contributions to the community.

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Date published: 4/24/2004

DEDICATION AND determination are quali- ties shared by the four women and one man who are the 2004 additions to the Fredericksburg Wall of Honor: Hattie Howard Brown, Emily White Fleming, Susie Peach Foster, Dr. Kurt F. Leidecker and Annie Fleming Smith.

They also shared a common goal--to make Fredericksburg a better place. Most living into their 80s, they were devoted to their causes to the end of their long lives.

The official unveiling of their names will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St. The Wall of Honor is located at the rear of the council chambers. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Dedicated in 2000, the Wall of Honor recognizes citizens deceased at least five years, who have made outstanding contributions to Fredericksburg. Each year the Fredericksburg Memorial Advisory Commission selects five names from nominations, with documentation received from the public. Those nominated need not be famous. Nomination forms are available from the clerk of City Council at City Hall (372-1010).

Here are some highlights of the lives of this year's honorees:

On March 25, 1955, the woman described in The Free Lance-Star as "Fredericksburg's leading Negro humanitarian" was the subject of a "This is My Life" pageant.

She was Hattie Howard Brown, who listened as dozens of city officials, educators and religious leaders, family and friends gathered to honor her achievements as teacher, homemaker, mother and community activist.

Typical of the praise from Fredericksburgers were these words by Commissioner of the Revenue George L. Hunter Jr.: "If we had more citizens like Mrs. Brown, willing to give of their time and energy as she has done during her span of years, this would be a much better community to live in."

Her life, which began in Fredericksburg on Sept. 20, 1883, was depicted during the Progressors Social Club's annual talent show at Walker-Grant School.

Community leaders praised her as a longtime member of the board of directors of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the American Red Cross. When there was a family death or sickness, she located and notified Fredericksburg-area black military personnel and arranged for their travel home.

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