(In recognition of Black History Month we have put together, with new information, the three-part story of Hugh Burnett from Dresden. It’s a story that not many of us are aware of but one that we all should be.)
On a humid Sunday summer’s afternoon in 1931, as thunderheads began forming on the horizon, two young lads walked the quiet streets of Dresden in search of relief from the heat.
Hugh and Gordon Burnett thought nothing would be better than a generous serving of ice cream at the local Chinese restaurant.
At first the boys thought they might get their usual cones and continue on their leisure exploration of their hometown streets but, realizing the ice cream might melt quicker outside than in, they decided to order their ice cream treats in dishes.
The owner who had known the boys all their lives gladly sold them the treats, but then added they must not eat their ice cream at the restaurant tables but take them back to the restaurant’s kitchen and eat them there.