Today was an incredible day. The first 29 pavers were dedicated in Williamson County's Veterans Park honoring some of the 300 African American veterans of the Civil War from this community. The ceremony focused on their sacrifices and contributions. My friend, Gary Burke, the great-great grandson of a member of the 17th USCI, and a re-enactor of the 13th US Colored Infantry participated. Additionally, some of the histories of a few of the men whose pavers were dedicated was shared. Ms. Thelma Battle, local historian, who recently discovered through DNA analysis that she is related to Private Felix Battle spoke about him. Four members of the local American Legion Post 215 shared the stories of Corporal Abraham McGavock, Pvt. John Dubuisson, Pvt. Freeman Thomas, and Seaman Stephen Bostick. It was a wonderful day. I hope others are inspired to sponsor pavers so that we can continue to share their stories and honor their legacies. Please visit our website to find out how to be a part of this effort - www.SlavesToSoldiers.com
The Williamson Herald always provides wonderful coverage of our project and this event was no different. Thankful for their interest in sharing these stories.
We also had great coverage in the Tennessean about our project and the exhibit to share their stories at the Williamson County Archives. The exhibit will be on display through the end of the summer.