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Restoring Pickett Chapel, a valued community effort

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By SAM HATCHER

Years ago a very ambitious group of local African-Americans decided to set out on a mission to publish a book about Black history in Wilson County.

Their task consumed many months.

They interviewed families, gathered notes, requested photographs, looked at historical registers and combed the heritage of African-Americans in Wilson County like never before.

Their work was finally published in 1999 with the help of many on their committee and others in the community.

I had the privilege of working with this group on this very special endeavor.

Their energy and efforts in publishing In Their Own Voices will long be remembered and valued.

But now this group is engaged in yet another mission. And this effort is just as bold and just as consuming as publishing the history book.

The Wilson County Black History Committee is today pressing forward with restoring and rehabilitating Pickett Chapel, one of the county’s most prominent historic structures.

They are fervently trying to raise enough money to save and preserve this 1866 built church just a block or so off Lebanon’s Public Square on Market Street.

And they desperately need the help of the community in doing so.

The impressive history of Pickett Chapel is published on the front page of today’s newspaper. If you would like more information about Pickett Chapel, the restoration project itself, or how you might participate in this effort, you may want to call Mary Harris, the chair of the Wilson County Black History Committee, at 444-9487.

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