L ifting More Voices: Early Troup County Black History, Legacy Museum on Main’s latest rotating exhibit is on display in the Charter Bank Gallery. Focusing on a fascinating part of our county heritage, our black history, from the founding of Troup County to the end of World War I, the story is told with photographs, news articles, maps, biographies, documents, and artifacts.
There are several sections to the exhibit. Two walls cover the period prior to 1865 including a look at slave life as seen in court documents, people who were free as early as 1831, and the documents that brought freedom to the whole nation: the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. On display are items made by black craftsmen in the 1850s and a Family Bible that gives birth dates for early Troup Countians. Another section includes information and photographs of early churches, ministers, schools, and teachers as well as historically black cemeteries. One area deals with architects and builders, merchants, professionals, property owners during the time period, including several who owned property before 1865, and the role of local black leaders in developing our early industry. There are items related to individuals and families, women, people for whom streets were named, and cultural events. Part of the exhibit covers several years of the first black fair ever held in America beginning in 1878 in Troup County.
There are sections on Cannonville and Thomastown and the people who founded them. One wall contains information and photographs about early doctors, lawyers, and post masters. Another wall includes information about the two black militia companies that started in Troup County in 1878 and 1884 and the roster of black men who served from Troup County in World War I, including an honor roll of those who died in service.
Lifting More Voices: Early Troup County Black History will be on display now until September 16, 2016. Legacy Museum on Main admission is free of charge. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and the first and third Saturdays of the month, 10am to 4pm. Please call 706 884-1828 to check for Saturday openings or to schedule a group visit. A reception officially opening the exhibit will be held Saturday, February 6th, from 1 to 3 p.m.