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To the Editor:

The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center would like to extend a special thanks to the record 300 participants who walked on Jan. 19 in the Third Annual Unity March through Lebanon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For choosing to trace the footsteps of those activists in the 1950s and 60s who struggled for peace, equality and justice during the Civil Rights Movement both in Wilson County and throughout America, we also honor you.

We appreciate the speakers who so eloquently echoed the voices of those past Civil Rights leaders at our brunch at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church afterward: Tennessee State Representative Mark Pody; Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto; Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead; our Master of Ceremonies James Neuble, of Neuble Monument Funeral Home; Pastor Michael Ruttlen, of Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church; Pastor Anice Howard, of Winters Chapel AME Church; Phillip Hodge, Tennessee State Archaeologist, and Jesse McLevain, project advisor, both of the Pickett Chapel Restoration Project.

We are grateful to the volunteers who organized the events along with the members of the Wilson County Black History Committee.

For your contributions to our having the largest attendance ever at this gathering, we would also like to recognize our sponsors: Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church, Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church, The Lebanon Sanitation Department, WANT/WCOR Gospel Show, The Lebanon Democrat, the City of Lebanon Government, Wilson County Government, The Wilson Post and Lebanon Special School District.

During this national holiday, we are proud of your support in our community for our annual Unity March and the ongoing activities of the Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center.

Sincerely,

Mary Harris

President, Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center

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