Tennessee Sen. Thelma M. Harper will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Banquet, “Rebuilding (Wilson County) Heritage,” a fundraising event sponsored by the Wilson County Black History Committee.
The banquet will be held Friday, June 12, in the East/West Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Tickets are $20 each, and funds raised at the event go toward the restoration of historic Pickett Chapel, which, when completed, will house the committee’s Roy Bailey African American History Center, and will become a resource for the entire Lebanon community.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded at the event. To purchase tickets, call the Roy Bailey African American History Center, 449-2911, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
James E. Ward Agricultural Center is at 945 E. Baddour Parkway in Lebanon, Tenn. For more information, call 449-2911 or visit www.wilsoncountyblackhistory.org.
About Pickett Chapel
Pickett Chapel, on East Market Street, was built in 1827 and is the oldest brick building in Lebanon. Pickett Chapel Methodist Church was established in 1866 as the first church for Blacks in the city, and became a major factor in the formation of the Lebanon community. The church remained active until 1973, when members moved to a new building, which was named Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church. For several years, until 2001, the historic building was home to a local theater company. The Wilson County Black History Committee purchased the building in 2007.