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Names of York: Helen Thackston

More in the ongoing series on the Names of York.

Place: Helen Thackston Charter Middle School in the York City School District

Who was it named after? Helen Thackston was the director of Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center from 1932 to 1964.

Helen Reeves Thackston reads to children at Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center, which she headed from 1932 to 1964. The program Thackston operated was York’s first day-care program for the black community. ‘Helen didn’t just teach children, she taught them to be proud,’ Sylvia Newcombe, retired York Recreation leader, stated in 1979. (Photo courtesy of Crispus Attucks Community Center)

Interesting fact: The Thackston charter school operates now at 625 E. Philadelphia St., York, and serves sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. It is looking to build a new facility at 1195 Roosevelt Ave. in York when financing comes through.

Source: York Daily Record/Sunday News archives

Do you have a suggestion of a place in York County named for a person? If so, post a comment! I’m going to work my way through some likely ones, such as schools and parks, but I need other suggestions too!

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