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Black heritage celebrated in rousing ceremony
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It was standing room only as Warren County celebrated Black History Month at Magness Library on Tuesday, those in attendance enjoying a night of art, song and heritage.
Minister Willie Cameron, who led the room in a pair of gospel hymns, noted during his brief talk that what matters is love, no matter the color of a person’s skin.
“We are so much more fortunate today than years ago,” Cameron said. “Back then, you didn’t need a weatherman to tell you the weather because if it was raining outside, it was raining inside too. The one thing they did have was love. We need more love.”
Local author Wayne Wolford, who recently penned “Through Wolf’s Eyes” detailing African American heritage in Warren County, urged those in attendance to learn about their ancestors.
“The main reason I researched 17 years to write this book is to preserve history,” Wolford said. “History is being lost every day.”
Wolford said he is compiling his next book and is asking anyone with information about African American ancestry in this area to speak to him so he can include their family in his next book. He hopes to publish it this year.
“It was on my bucket list to get a book into every school and one in the archives in Nashville,” Wolford said. “Now, if a child doesn’t know their history, I tell them to go to the library.”
The hour-long fellowship concluded with a performance by the Black History Club and Step Team.