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Pickett Chapel memorial honors local stars

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The community is invited to the third annual Heritage Peace Garden Celebration at Pickett Chapel at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17.

Wilson County Black History Committee Chairperson Marry Harris said the event started in 2012 as a way to pay homage to many local friends and influential people who had passed away. “We put a cross in back of the Pickett Chapel property,” she said. “This year we have more people from the community who we want to honor.”

These people include: Georgia Branch Crutcher, who served as the Treasurer of the Wilson County Black History Committee until 2011; Talitha Charlotte McAdoo, who passed away at 97 years old and was the oldest member of Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church; and DeFord Bailey, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“Each of the families will be giving reflections,” Harris said.

Three trees will be planted with the help of UT Extension Agent Justin Stefanski and the Wilson County Master Gardeners.

Pastors Jeffrey Buford of Mays Chapel Missionary Baptist in Mt. Juliet, Mike Ripski of Lebanon First United Methodist and Michael Rutland of Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church will also serve as special speakers.

“We will have refreshments and our State Archaeologist Phillip Hodge will be there with a display. It is just going to be a fun day,” Harris said. Entertainment will include John R. from the WANT 98.9FM Gospel Show and the Pickett Family.

Harris added a special thank you Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan and the Sheriff’s Department for conducting a cleanup of the Pickett Chapel Property on Thursday morning.

Pickett Chapel is located at 209 East Market Street in Lebanon. For more information call 444-9487.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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