Remembering your past is one of the first steps on the right path to the future.
With that in mind, not one but two special ceremonies were held this past weekend to help Martin County remember its past.
One of them was for the New Monrovia schoolhouse, a one-room building that was used for years to educate African-American children in Martin County.
It stopped being used and started falling apart. It looked for a while like it was on its way to eventual demolition when the county stepped in a refurbished it.
The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held at the site of the newly restored schoolhouse on March 9.
Also on Saturday, officials and residents of the city of Stuart held a commemorative ceremony at the Moore Cemetery, located at the corner of Seville Street and Kanner Highway.
This cemetery has been around since 1925 and was used for African-Americans. Over the years, it was also neglected and started to fall into disrepair.
But in this case, the city stepped in and has worked hard to spruce it up and take care of it.
My congratulations to both sets of government officials. It takes a fine eye to stay focused on the future needs of the residents while remembering to preserve the past.
Another way residents can keep the past in their thoughts is to visit the art exhibit, "Endangered Florida Species," being shown now at the Kimbell Center of Jonathon Dickinson State Park, located on Federal Highway in Hobe Sound.
The art exhibit held a reception on March 8, and unveiled more than 20 wildlife paintings of Florida's endangered animals as done by award-winning Anthony Burks Sr.
This exhibit is touring the state, and will only be in Martin County through April 12. Take a moment to come out and see the beautiful creatures that are struggling to make Florida their home.
In other art announcement, the Art Life Gallery in downtown Jensen Beach is having a benefit auction to help the family of Sgt. Gary Morales at 8 p.m. on March 21. There will be art donations auctioned off, and all of the money raised will go to his wife and children through the St. Lucie County Hundred Club.
Have a good week, and stay safe.
Dawn Krebs is the associate managing editor for Hometown News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org