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Whatever happened to Mr. Blue of the Community Boys and Girls Club?

Merton Vance
StarNews
The marker memorializes Archie Blue in a Love Grove Park. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

This marker memorializes Archie Blue in a Love Grove Park. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. Growing up on the North side, I spent a lot of time at the Community Boy’s Club under the guidance of the the late Earl “Papa Jack” Jackson. I distinctly remember a gentleman named Mr. Blue. What became of him?

A. That was Archie Blue, a former band director who was active for years in the Community Boys and Girls Clubs. He was known for his musical talents and teaching ability and founded the club’s drum and bugle corps.

Blue died in 1974. In a story published in the Wilmington Morning Star on Sept. 12, 1982, Lee A. Shelton, who was then vice president of the club’s board of directors, credited Blue with establishing a tradition of discipline in the club’s early days.

Blue was a life-long resident of the Love Grove community and in 2007, the Love Grove Community Park on Wynnwood Drive was renamed in his honor as the Archie Blue Community Park at Love Grove.

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Michael Byrd

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