Long-time resident and community historian Robbie Jones explains how at a time where there weren’t a lot of organizations in the city that worked with African American youth, Thelma Terry was a recreation leader at Memorial Park which hosted a space for them. The National Council of Negro Women, which Thelma Terry was a part of, donated materials to Virginia Avenue Park’s new building. Due to Thelma Terry’s work with African American youth, the new building was named after her. Her resemblance is present in a plaque that lives in front of the Thelma Terry building and in the Virginia Avenue Park mural. Robbie feels as if Thelma Terry’s presence is looking over the community.