Celebrate Black History at weekend programs


Wilson county Black History Committee is planning several programs during February in commemoration of Black History Month.

The theme is “Black History Celebration 2009: Words & Pictures, Making Historical Connections and Understanding Them – Past, Present and Future.”

Events include:

Feb. 15: A building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center will be dedicated in honor of Wiley P. Bernard, who served as an extension agent in Wilson County from 1946 until his retirement in 1979. The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, and is sponsored by the Ward Agricultural Center and the Roy Bailey African American History Museum.

Feb. 21: Andrew G. Dunkin of Murfreesboro, key accounts coordinator for Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, will share highlights of his recent trip to Africa, and will also offer tips and pointers on how to save money on your electric bill. The event will begin at noon at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church, 633 Glover Street, Lebanon.

Feb. 27: A community Night of Fun will include games and refreshments, and former students of Lebanon’s Market Street School will be on hand to recount their memories of attending the only elementary school open to African Americans before integration. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Civic League Community Center, 321 Market Street. For information, contact Maggie Benson, 444-4430.

Feb. 28: Guest speaker Howard Wigington will pay tribute to, and share the story of PFC Billy Stevenson, who received a purple heart during the Vietnam War. The tribute will begin at noon at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church.

All events are sponsored by the Roy Bailey African American History Center and Museum, dedicated to showcasing the history and achievements of African American citizens in Wilson County.