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Rosemark celebrates historic marker at corner of Mulberry and JE Strong roads

By Brian Roy

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Members of the Strong and Gales families had the honor of unveiling the historic marker. From left are James E. Strong, Jr., Calvin Gales, Hazel Strong Greer, and Nettie Jones.

Members of the Strong and Gales families had the honor of unveiling the historic marker. From left are James E. Strong, Jr., Calvin Gales, Hazel Strong Greer, and Nettie Jones.

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Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath and James E. Strong, Jr. talk after the ceremony concluded.

Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath and James E. Strong, Jr. talk after the ceremony concluded.

DSC00126Above the steady rumble of cicadas, family, church members, civic leaders and community supporters gathered Monday for a special event.
They were on hand for the dedication and unveiling of the Shelby County Historical Marker for Anthony Chapel School and Greenwood A.M.E. Church and Cemetery in Rosemark. The Historical Archives of Rosemark & Environs, Inc. played a major role in getting this historical marker designated.
The Monday morning event, at the marker site on the corner of Mulberry Road and JE Strong Road, as well as a program and reception at Greenwood A.M.E. Church were well attended by area residents.
Early arrivers were able to visit the Anthony School site and Greenwood Cemetery before the dedication and unveiling ceremony began.
The Greenwood A.M.E. Church Praise Team began the event with an uplifting song of praise. Greenwood A.M.E. Paster Rev. Anthony Branch followed the Praise Team with the invocation.
Rosemark Civic Club President, William “Trip” Jones welcomed those in attendance and thanked many for all the work done to make the marker a reality.
He was followed by Historic Archives of Rosemark and Environs, Inc. representative Jon P. McCalla who introduced Jimmy Ogle, the featured speaker for the event.
Ogle is the Shelby County Historian. He talked about the importance of history and how a historical marker occasion that includes a church, a school and a cemetery can bring out a lot of stories. He noted the Shelby County Historical Commission exists to preserve and promote the history of Shelby County. Ogle noted that sometimes people don’t realize there’s Shelby County outside of Memphis. He said in the past two years the Commission has concentrated on the rural areas in the county. Several committees have been formed by the commission to gather information about the rural histories in the county. Ogle told the crowd it is an incredible undertaking and so important for the history stories of the areas to be told.
Shelby County Commission Chairman Justin Ford and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. both sent congratulations via proclamations that were presented by Cary Vaughn. Millington Mayor Terry Jones was scheduled to present a proclamation during the reception later at the church.
Members of the Strong and Gales families were on hand to do the actual unveiling of the marker. After the unveiling, James E. Strong, Jr. spoke to the attendees.
Strong, reminded the crowd that it’s not where you come from, it’s what you do that matters in life. Strong spoke of how happy his father would have been to see the events of the day. He bragged on the community participation and noted that if any community could have this kind of participation, the world would be better. Strong praised the historical committee for the job they did getting all the documentation needed to make the marker a reality.
Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath, Thirteenth Episcopal District of Kentucky and Tennessee, ended the dedication program by telling attendees he was there to honor the deceased and departed, but was also there to celebrate those who made the event a reality. He told the crowd they deserved to be celebrated for doing that and what the marker means today, and for what it will mean in the future. He encouraged the crowd to continue to show forth the spirit displayed at the event. After Bishop Leath’s Benediction, the program moved to the church.

Go to: Millington-News.com

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