On Saturday, April 28, over 100 family members and friends will gather to celebrate the life and pay homage to Sally Turner. Born Dec. 15, 1914, Turner is an inspiration to all who know her. At age 97, she still has the stamina to serve her community as well as assist her friends and family in any way possible.
Turner was born in Farmville, Va., during the racially challenging time of the Jim Crow laws. She migrated north in the early 1930s to join her sister and search for a career as well as a new way of life away from the farming community and tobacco crops her family had known and worked for generations. She sought a degree in cosmetology and had a successful career as an entrepreneur and salon owner in Brooklyn.
She served the great Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church of Brooklyn for more than 50 years. She was one of the early pioneers to support, relocate and establish the landmark property on Decatur Street.
During the Civil Rights Movement, Turner participated in a number of marches and activities led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civic leaders. She has been a strong advocate for democracy, education and equal rights.
Among her many talents, Turner is known for her signature homemade rolls, chocolate cake and wonderfully succulent pot roast. Dinners were always the family fanfare in anticipation of a well-dressed table decorated with fine linens, china, great food and stimulating conversation.
She is an inspiration to her family and friends, and it is with great pride and honor that we celebrate her presence among us today. Turner currently resides in Queens and is still a very active citizen in her community and church.
The event will be held at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, located at 21-01 24th Ave. in Astoria, Queens, from 2-6 p.m.