Back in the early 70’s (May 1, 1974), a group of teenage young men with God-given talents got together to make music. Under the direction of the late Walker E. Reid, Jr., who was the manager of the Gaston Band, they formed the group Black Image. After practicing tirelessly in the basement of the old Gaston Boys Club for many months, they were ready to perform in public. Jerry Reid, a member of the Gaston Band, gave these young men an opportunity to showcase their talents during the intermission of their performances. During one of these performances, Barbara Gwinn noticed something very special about Black Image and decided to invest her time and money in them. Soon Black Image began to travel throughout the city, county, state and out of North Carolina. For the next few years their weekends were exciting as they entertained the young and those more seasoned in many performances.


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