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Simpkins says playing slave helps to educate youngsters

Walter Simpkins will portray a former slave during next weekend’s Schenectady Juneteenth Celebration. (photo: Bill Buell/Gazette Reporter)
Walter Simpkins will portray a former slave during next weekend’s Schenectady Juneteenth Celebration. (photo: Bill Buell/Gazette Reporter)
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Walter Simpkins says he’s not an actor, but sometimes the best way to teach a student and enhance the learning process is to pretend. With that in mind, Simpkins will once again take on the look of 19th century black businessman and former slave Moses Viney to help observe next weekend’s 12th annual Schenectady Juneteenth Celebration at Vale Cemetery and Central Park. A native of Brooklyn who works as an admissions recruiter at Schenectady County ...

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