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East Lubbock community plants trees in honor of Eric Strong, Joseph Chatman

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The East Lubbock community recognized the social contributions to two men by planting apple trees in the Booker T. Washington Garden.

The Roots Historical Arts Council, along with the Voice of Hope Rape Crisis Center and 100 Black Men of West Texas, honored Eric Strong and Dr. Joseph Chatman for their role in Lubbock's history. 

Chatman founded the Chatman Medical and Surgical Clinic and Hospital, Lubbock's first hospital for African Americans. Strong was an East Lubbock Champion and founder of the Roots Historical Arts Council. He was a storyteller and believed African American history is a fundamental part of Lubbock's History.

The trees were donated by Tom's Tree Place and will serve as a reminder of the work done by the Chatman and Strong.  
addition of two apple trees, graciously donated by Tom's Tree Place, we will remember the work
done by Dr. Chatman and Mr. Strong to bring their community together and honor their place in
Lubbock History.

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