African American exhibit opens downtown
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 15, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County African American Historical Preservation Society unveiled its exhibit, “From Slavery to Success: A Reunion of Family and Friends, ” Saturday afternoon. The group celebrated with an informal opening ceremony that afternoon with Mayor Lyn Bailey and his wife, Teresa, that afternoon.

TCAAHPS President Betty Baker Wharton thanked everyone for coming and welcomed the exhibit planner, Nancy Dawson. Dawson said that the exhibit never would have happened if it weren’t for TCAAHPS member George Sholar. She said that while she taught classes at Austin Peay University, Sholar called her all the time asking questions about starting an organization and planning an exhibit. She thanked members of the group for putting in all their hard work and welcomed several guests, including Tanya Price, a professor from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, who played an African drum at the opening.

“I am proud of those who have put in their own time and money to help make this possible,” Dawson said. “The purpose is to get communities to preserve their history. Some is good and some is bad, but we need to know it.”

Dawson spoke about Trigg County African Americans who fought in the Civil War. She said some were runaways and some were bought by their masters to serve in the war. She welcomed Reggie Thomas, an African-American Civil War reenactor.

Thomas is originally from Cadiz and now lives in Lexington. He is a member of the 12th Colored Heavy Artillery, a group of black history buffs who dress in Union uniforms and reenact battles at events throughout the state. The real group was based in Camp Nelson, Kentucky. He said that his group gets called a lot for historical events and festivals because there aren’t many out there like them.

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