TCAAHPS opened their exhibit, “From Slavery to Success: A Reunion of Family and Friends,” at 16 Court St. on Aug. 11. The exhibit was put together with donations of items and money from local families with the goal of commemorating the black families who have helped shape Trigg County since the days of slavery. The organization enlisted the help of Nancy Dawson, who now teaches African-American studies at Western Kentucky University, to help plan what they would use and how. They are currently planning to keep it open until after the Trigg County Country Ham Festival, but after that, the future is uncertain.
Betty Baker Wharton, the president of TCAAHPS, said she and the other members would like to find a way to expand the exhibit for a permanent museum. She said they are currently renting the building space from H.B. Quinn and Woody Woodall, and that they are paying $100 a month. She said the utilities have been a bit costly, once reaching $140, because the exhibit contains several climate-sensitive items, such as a very old church piano. She said that she liked the current location and might consider trying to secure the location permanently. One obstacle to this, though, would be having to pay more in rent than the current discounted rent, she said.
For more details on the African American Historical Preservaton Society, see The Cadiz Record.