By Omar Gonzalez
In a meaningful tribute to a beloved community member, Harvey Miller, the 3rd annual Harvey Miller Day of Service took place this past weekend. This event, organized by the Dunbar Heritage Association in collaboration with Keep San Marcos Beautiful and the Hays County Food Bank, brought together residents in a collective effort to give back to their community.
In 1999, Harvey Miller founded the Dunbar Heritage Association with a mission dedicated to preserving and promoting Black culture, raising awareness, and organizing events that convey this message. This achievement is just one of the many that have shaped the San Marcos community into what it is today due to Miller’s hard work. Miller’s positive impact extended beyond his community to his family, as acknowledged by his grandson, Alexander Banbury, who now serves as the President of the Dunbar Heritage Association.
“He was a trailblazer here in the city of San Marcos. He’s a man that went around the city park and picked up a lot of cans to recycle. And he would just spark up conversations with any and everybody… If I could sit down and just talk to him now, I guarantee I would pay more attention and not just take for granted that he was just going to be here forever,” says Banbury.
Community members, this past Saturday continued to carry on Miller’s legacy at the Day of Service dedicated to Miller. The day commences with a neighborhood cleanup at Eddie Durham Park. A notable feature of the event was the food drive, a crucial initiative by the Hays County Food Bank to stock their shelves for the upcoming holiday season and meet the regular demand for donations to support residents of Hays County. The day concluded with a heartfelt and meaningful tree-planting ceremony at Dunbar Park, specifically dedicated to honor the memory and contributions of Harvey Miller.
Those interested in participating in future community events can stay updated by visiting the Dunbar Heritage Association’s website at dhasmtx.com and filling out the volunteer form.
Written by: Danielle De Lucia