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By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

Members of Market Street Church of Christ will honor local African Americans who were the first to become police officers or attorneys in Lebanon during a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The officers and attorneys are being honored as part of Black History Month.

The program, called Outstanding Firsts in Law and Government, will feature the first black police officer in Lebanon, George Edward Seay, and the first black woman police officer, Malvinia Dye.

Also being honored are AC Wharton Jr., the first black man to practice law in Lebanon, and the first black woman attorney in Lebanon, Trevinia Holden. Wharton, who now lives in Memphis, serves as Shelby County Mayor. Holden continues her practice here in Lebanon.

Seay is now retired and farming in the county. He was a plumber and an electrician as well, and Dye has retired and is now working for the STARS program or Students Taking A Right Stand. STARS works with at-risk children in preventive programs helping them to make the right choices.

The program will end with a slide presentation about the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, by Brother and Mrs. David Meek, Felicia Horton and Emma Stafford, all of whom attended the event in January in Washington, D.C.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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