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Black History Month celebration honors the past and the present

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Wilson County Black History Committee will host a Black History Month observance next month that combines a look at the past with a celebration of the present.

The event will be held Feb. 27, beginning at noon, at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church.

The presentation will commemorate Carter G. Woodson, who founded Negro History Week in the 1920s to focus attention on the contributions of black men and women to civilization. That week has evolved into Black History Month as it’s celebrated today.

Other highlights of the event will be a show of winter and spring fashions for women and children presented by Judy’s Fashion Boutique II. Lunch and a silent auction that includes a variety of art, artifacts, books and gifts are also on the program.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and are on sale at the end of this month at Judy’s Fashion Boutique II, 224 West Main Street (443-5433); the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, 149 Public Square (444-5503); and the Roy Bailey African American History Museum, 115 East Main Street, Suite B (449-2911).

Proceeds from the Black History Month celebration will go toward the renovation of Historic Pickett Chapel, which, when completed, will house the committee’s Roy Bailey African American History Center, and will become a resource for the entire Lebanon community.

For more information, contact Wilson County Black History Committee by email at info@wilsoncountyblackhistory.org; or call the Roy Bailey African American History Museum, 449-2911. Visit the Wilson County Black History Committee Web site, www.wilsoncountyblackhistory.org.

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