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New park honoring Mother Mathilda Beasley opens

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The new Mother Mathilda Beasley Park Pavilion opens. The new Mother Mathilda Beasley Park Pavilion opens.

On Wednesday morning, the ribbon was cut for the opening of the pavilion at Mother Mathilda Beasley Park.

Mother Beasley, who died in 1903, was the first African-American nun in the state. She's known for founding the St. Francis Home for Colored Orphans among other things.

The new park bearing her name is great for families it has a gathering area overlooking a playground and baseball field.

"What we wanted to do is have something that's functional so that the children could come and play. Adults can come here with family members also so they can have picnics and all," said Pete Liakakis, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.

Mother Mathilda Beasley's home is being renovated with plans of adding it to the park as a museum.

The cost of the project is $365,000, which was paid for with SPLOST funds.

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