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Manhasset Library to show Spinney Hill film
A documentary about the African-American history of Spinney Hill will be shown Feb. 15 at the Manhasset Library.
The Manhasset Preservation Society and the Town of North Hempstead Historical Society will present the film, “Spinney Hill: The African American History of Manhasset and Great Neck,” at 7 p.m. in the community room at the library (30 Onderdonk Ave.).
Dedrick Johnson and Lloyd Means, who grew up in the area, interviewed 20 community leaders and residents for the project. The black population in the area has dwindled over the years, but Johnson and Means sought to preserve the little-known local history.
The Great Neck Historical Society screened the documentary in November.
Filmmakers Lloyd Means, left, and Dedrick Johnson pose for a portrait in a stairwell of the old Manhasset Valley School, turned community center in Manhasset. Both men worked together to create a film about the African-American heritage of the community titled "Spinney Hill: The African-American History of Manhasset and Great Neck." (Dec. 22, 2011)