Hagen History Center archives chronicle African-American heritage in Erie County.
Erie native Howard R. Horton was a humble man who stressed often to his 11 children that there is dignity in work, and that education, learning and productivity are cornerstones of a better life.
Horton was a civil rights activist throughout the 1960s and beyond. He tackled issues involving rent for the poor, housing access, employment discrimination, diversity, gentrification, excessive police force, and hiring of minority public safety officers and teachers.
He mentored youth as a Boy Scout…