AFSCME Local 391, representing state correctional employees in the northern region, is supporting an effort by Simsbury High School students to establish a permanent memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, who once worked in that town's tobacco fields.
As reported by WTNH-Channel 8, the Simsbury students hope to raise $200,000 to build the memorial in Dr. King's memory. The story impressed Local 391 leadership, and the union made a $250 contribution to the campaign.
In a letter to Simsbury High School students, Local 391 President Jon Pepe wrote, "[Dr. King] preached what he practiced and stood steadfast and strong in front of adversity...As students of Simsbury, you have started something that will be talked about for some time to come."
Contributions toward the Martin Luther King Memorial in Simsbury can be sent to Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.