Establishment of the Hines Family Reunion 4

Separated by distance, relatives did not see as much of each other as they had been accustomed to doing in North Carolina. The only time they would come together as a family was when tragedies struck. For this reason, Ida Hines Boddie called her sisters and brothers to Philadelphia to have a get-together during the Labor Day weekend of 1948. It was out of this meeting at the home of Charlie and Ida Boddie, 2009 North Cleveland Avenue that the Hines Family reunion was born.

Those who attended that first gathering were: Charlie and Ida and their children, Ruth, Milton, Alvergus, Ernestine and Ida Bell; Richard and Blanche Hines and their son, Richard Jr. (Dickey); Edgar and Lorine Frazier; Willie Lee Hines; Doretha Swift; Leacie Mae Hines; and Alma Hackney; along with many other friends and neighbors. Before the gathering ended, Ida suggested that the family meet each year during the Labor Day Weekend, "...and not wait for tragedies" to bring them together.

Over the ensuing years, the reunion has grown in number and strength. Some of the first cousins to join the festivities were: Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hines; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hines; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hines; and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Hines and their families. During this time, the reunion was held in relatives' homes as it rotated from city to city. The reunion attendance numbers continued to increase. During the 1960 reunion in Washington, DC, it was decided to hold the reunion in Rock Creek Park and invite all the relatives who wanted to attend. The invitations went out and they came, and they came, from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and of course the Washington area. There were more than 100 persons in attendance, most of whom were related by either birth or marriage. They all came together for one common reason, they were all one family. During this reunion, Richard Hines, Jr. for the first time displayed a chart of the family tree showing the Hines Family lineage.




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