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Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Pickett Chapel / Civil Rights

 
 
Pickett Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
1. Pickett Chapel Marker
Inscription.  
Pickett Chapel
Methodists began worshiping on this site shortly after purchasing an original town lot. Congregants erected this brick structure in 1827 where white and enslaved members worshiped until 1856 when a new building was constructed on East Main Street. In 1866 freedmen who once worshiped here in bondage bought the church and established Pickett Chapel Methodist Church. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 18, 1977, services continued here until 1973, when the congregation moved to a new facility because of the congregation's growth.

Civil Rights
On this site, the Wilson County Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) met to educate African-American citizens on the tenets of direct non-violent protest. Organized boycotts and attempts to desegregate local schools in 1961 and 1962 led to violent attacks on civil rights activists here on March 13, 1962. Afterwards Lebanon Mayor Charles D. Lloyd appointed a biracial committee to address racial inequality in the city.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical
Civil Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
2. Civil Rights Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 3A 249.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 12.536′ N, 86° 17.334′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker is on East Market Street just east of North College Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 East Market Street, Lebanon TN 37087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lebanon Post Office (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lebanon (about 700 feet away); History of the Logs Used in this Cabin (about 700 feet away); Confederate Veterans and Robert H. Hatton Memorial (about 700 feet away); Neddy Jacobs Cabin (about 800 feet away); Battle of Lebanon (about 800 feet away); Wilson County Courthouses (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson County Training School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
 
Also see . . .  Asset Detail | Pickett Chapel Methodist Church (PDF). National Register of Historic Places registration form and photographs. (Submitted on October 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Pickett Chapel / Civil Rights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 4, 2020
3. Pickett Chapel / Civil Rights Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 22, 2020