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Concert to benefit Pickett Chapel restoration

Xavier Smith • Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

A concert featuring one historic and one Grammy-award winning group will look to raise funds for a Wilson County landmark next month.

The In The Spirit Concert will take place Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theater and will feature the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Grammy-award winning Fairfield Four.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Pickett Chapel Restoration project and Historic Lebanon.

The Fairfield Four took home the award for Best Roots Gospel Album with “Still Rockin’ My Soul” during this year’s Grammy Awards. The group features Joe Thompson, who has been a Wilson County Schools special needs bus driver since 2003.

Thompson, who gave the transportation department a shoutout during his acceptance speech, services the 3-4-year-old special needs preschool program in the Mt. Juliet area. Thompson’s preschool program operates four days a week and he helps cover other routes of absent drivers once a week.

Pickett Chapel is claimed to be the oldest church building and oldest surviving red brick building in the county. Slaves and freed blacks who were skilled laborers built the church and congregated, in separate sections, with white members.

In 1856, the white congregation moved to a different location and allowed the black members to continue to worship for $1,500.

The building was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1977 and bought by the Wilson County Black History Committee in 2006.

The building lacks about $422,000 needed to complete the renovation project, which consists of about 56 remaining work items.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door and be purchased from the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber office, Wilson County Mayor’s Office, WANT Radio station, Bricks Fashions in Mt. Juliet and from members of the Wilson County Black History Committee. 

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 615-593-4969 or 615-218-5526.

For more information, visit www.visitwilsoncounty.com

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