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Wilson County Black History Committee


The Wilson County Black History Committee was established in 1994 to chronicle the history of African Americans in Lebanon, Watertown, Mt. Juliet and other communities in Wilson County, Tennessee.

Our Mission

The Wilson County Black History Committee strives to research, document, preserve and disseminate information about the history and the many contributions of African Americans in Wilson County, Tennessee.  

Until 1999, there had been no written account focused exclusively on the individual accomplishments of African Americans in Wilson County. Much of the documentation of the social, economic, political and religious institutions created and nurtured by African Americans from the end of their enslavement has been ignored, or addressed only marginally in historical accounts of Wilson County 

We propose to:

  • Collect, compile and archive significant information and material related to individuals, families and institutions that have comprised the Wilson County African American community since the county was founded.
  • Promote awareness of the many contributions of African American citizens to the overall development of the county as well as the entire nation. Several means will be used to disseminate such information, including seminars, workshops, and individual oral presentations.
  • Establish an African American cultural museum as a site to commemorate these many contributions and pay tribute to ancestors. The museum will become a forum for education of the general public regarding the history of African Americans, with an emphasis on local citizens and their many contributions.

Jo D. Pride, Sen. Mae Beavers and Mary Harris display Pickett Chapel plaque and Resolution.


The Wilson County Black History Committee thanks all those who have offered support and encouragement throughout the year, and we look forward to success in 2014. Renovation of historic Pickett Chapel has begun, and we ask for your continued help and support as we begin the restoration project. We can not do it without you! 

To learn more about how you can help, call the Roy Bailey African American History Museum, 449-2911; or email info@wilsoncountyblackhistory.org.

Save the Date: 

Annual MLK Celebration Unity March and Brunch, Jan. 19, 2015Tap here for details.


View the event in our Calendar




Pickett Chapel restoration continues
Restoration Oversight Committee, from left: Bob O'Brien, Keith Alexander, Jesse McLevain.

Historic Pickett Chapel restoration, plus other news and updates about WCBHC

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In 1999, WCBHC published In Their Own Voices: An Account of African Americans in Wilson County.

In Their Own Voices
An Account of the Presence of African Americans in Wilson County

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115 East Main Street, Lebanon, Tennessee, 37087