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Wilson County Black History Committee

Wilson County Black History Committee
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Wilson County Black History Committee

We are dedicated to preserving the history of African American life in Wilson County, and to restoring Pickett Chapel through fundraising to display our collection of exhibits for a museum and multi-cultural arts center in Lebanon, Tenn.

Pickett Chapel is a former 1827 former Methodist church where slaves worshipped in the balcony and their white owners on the ground floor. After the Civil War, freed blacks purchased the building in 1866 to begin their own congregation. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1977, Pickett Chapel survived the Battle of Lebanon in May 1862 which killed 70 around the Square and a threat of bombing in 1963 over the desegregation of Lebanon City Schools during the Civil Rights Movement. Pickett Chapel is the only African American landmark on The Promised Land Trail in Tennessee.

The Wilson County Black History Committee hosts special events throughout the year, including our annual MLK Unity March & Brunch (January); arts programming for Black History Month (February); Heritage Peace Garden Celebration (May); Tribute to the Lebanon Clowns Negro Baseball League and Scholarship Presentation (July), and Harvest Wine & Cheese Celebration (September).

 

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