Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Wilson County Black History Committee

  • Lebanon, TN
  • www.wilsoncountyblackhistory.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to document, preserve, and share the history of African Americans in Wilson County through archaeological research, museum exhibits, and educational arts, heritage, and cultural programs. Historic Pickett Chapel, an 1827 former Methodist Church, is currently being restored and will serve upon completion as the permanent home of the Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum.

Main Programs

  1. Roy Bailey African American Museum at Pickett Chapel
  2. Restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel
  3. Pickett Chapel Archaeological Project
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum and Pickett Chapel serves inside the Market Street neighborhood off the Public Square, and inside the accredited Tennessee Main Street program area in downtown Lebanon. Pickett Chapel is the only black heritage landmark on the Promised Land Trail of the Tennessee Trails and Byways sponsored by the Tennessee Dept. of Tourism, and on the National Register of Historic Places.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2014

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Ms. Mary Harris

Co Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Phillip Hodge

Keywords

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WILSON, Historic Preservation, Black History, Education, African American

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EIN

02-0693999

 Number

0216376357

Also Known As

Roy Bailey African American Center at Pickett Chapel

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Overview

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Accomplishments in 2015-2016Structural stabilization, drainage, gutters, and other improvements were completed and monitored for quality of workmanship through a Tennessee Historical Commission grant for the restoration of Pickett Chapel. Multiple presentations on the archaeology and history of Pickett Chapel were made to individuals and organizations the Greater Nashville Area, and an educator spoke on her thesis about the Civil Rights movement and desegregation of Lebanon and Wilson County schools. Pickett Chapel, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened with mob violence in the 1960s.Friend-raising contacts were expanded as we accepted donations that reduced the balance on our mortgage.Second consecutive year to do online fundraising through The Big Payback on May 3, and first-time participation in the event at Bridgestone Arena.Board members were invited to the "Advancing the National Conversation on Race" from June 8-10, 2016 at Lipscomb University for the Christian Scholars Conference. They honored famed Civil Rights attorney, Dr. Fred Gray, who defended the Freedom Riders from Nashville and Rosa Parks in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, at the banquet.Selected board members took the "Bus Ride to Justice" to Alabama with blacks and whites in October 2015 for a memorable field trip to Civil Rights landmarks.Annual MLK March & Brunch was standing room only in January at Pickett-Rucker UMC, and guest speakers were city and county officials. Our annual fundraising gala, Harvest Wine & Cheese Celebration, collected more than $8,000 in ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction in September at Cumberland University to benefit the restoration Pickett Chapel. Goals in 2016-17Install front and back, ADA compliant, 1900-1940s double doors at Pickett Chapel, and sustainable, green, wood and brick materials, and energy-saving outdoor lighting through grants, sponsors, and donations.Approve a Strategic Plan to guide the organization's history mission for the next 5-10 years, and follow the Strategic Plan for the Heritage Peace Garden that will be enacted over the next three years.Organize, host, or sponsor community events in January (MLK March & Brunch); February (Black History Month); May (The Big Payback online giving day, and Heritage Peace Garden Celebration at Historic Pickett Chapel), July (Lebanon Clowns Negro League Baseball Team recognition and awarding of the Chris Price Athletic Award), and in September (Harvest Wine & Cheese Celebration, a benefit for Historic Pickett Chapel).

Programs

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Program 1

Roy Bailey African American Museum at Pickett Chapel

The Roy Bailey African American Museum at Pickett Chapel's mission is the documentation, detailed preservation, and dissemination of information about African American life in Wilson County through archaelogical and historical research, pre-Civil War to post-Civil Rights displays, educational curriculum, and presentations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$7,800.00

Program 2

Restoration of Historic Pickett Chapel

This program is intended for the total and complete restoration of Pickett Chapel, a former Methodist church which was built in 1827 by African Americans slaves for one of the earliest Methodist white congregations in Lebanon, Tennessee. As likely the oldest standing red brick building in Wilson County, freed blacks purchased the church in 1866 for worship until relocation in 1973 to another hall. Pickett Chapel became a community theater during the 1970s for the Chapel Players. Under a Strategic Plan to be finalized by 2020, Pickett Chapel will operate as a arts, history, and cultural center for special events, programs, and displays for the Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$43,100.00

Program 3

Pickett Chapel Archaeological Project

The Pickett Chapel Archaeological Project will tell the story of the people who worshipped at Pickett Chapel from the time of its construction in the 1827 through its last services in 1973, and the grounds in the history of Lebanon from the pre-Civil War to the post-Civil Rights eras. This will be documented through primary archival sources, excavations, county and city records, oral histories, and interviews. The site of Pickett Chapel represents the only undisturbed location with both architecture and archaeology from the original town plots. This excavations at Pickett Chapel began in 2013, and artifacts have been found from the 1800s. Supporting materials from 1900 to 1930 from the Nashville Globe newspaper for African Americans and denominational data from the Central Conference for the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church are also important to the research.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum and Pickett Chapel serves inside the Market Street neighborhood off the Public Square, and inside the accredited Tennessee Main Street program area in downtown Lebanon. Pickett Chapel is the only black heritage landmark on the Promised Land Trail of the Tennessee Trails and Byways sponsored by the Tennessee Dept. of Tourism, and on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Funding Needs

Our single most important need is funds to support the restoration of Pickett Chapel, an 1827 former Methodist Church that will serve as the permanent home of the Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum upon completion. It will have artifacts and exhibits about black history, along with offering special events to a diversified community. The board and members will continue to outreach to noted historians and archaeologists, and recruit volunteers to assist with the maintenance of the chapel and grounds.

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Wilson County Black History Committee

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Principal Officer

Ms. Mary Harris

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Phillip Hodge

BIO

Mrs. Harris has been the driving force behind the Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center since it was founded in 2004. Before that, she organized the Wilson County Black History Committee which took as its task the monumental effort to compile, organize, and publish the history of African Americans from the founding of Wilson County in 1799 to the present. This work was published in 1999. Mrs. Harris is a respected leader in the community and maintains the vision for the restoration of historic Pickett Chapel, which will ultimately serve as the permanent home for the Roy Bailey African American History Center & Museum.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Mary Harris

Retired

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

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