Trigg African-American history exhibit opens Saturday
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 08, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s official. The Trigg County African American Historical Preservation Society will be opening its exhibit, “From Slavery to Success: A Reunion of Family and Friends,” on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m., according to TCAAHPS President Betty Baker-Wharton.

The exhibit will be on display at 16 Court St., which is on the corner of Court Street and Jefferson Street. It is timed to commemorate Emancipation Day, which is often celebrated on Aug. 8 in this part of Kentucky, but it will focus specifically on the history of the Trigg County African-American community.

Featured at the back of the room is a church scene, which includes chairs from Second Baptist Church and pews and a podium from Mayes Chapel. There will also be a school scene, a kitchen scene and a bedroom scene. Baker-Wharton said there would be displays related to farm life, home life and kitchen utensils. She said that several items have been collected to tell about the life of Dr. Wendell Holmes McRidley, who was a prominent member of the Trigg County African American community. She said that she contributed a book called “How to Conduct Business” that was published in 1892 and was owned by her great-grandfather. She also included a dictionary that her mother owned, which was published in 1842.

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