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Black History Month event features good food, music, and peek at future museum

Bessie Jackson of St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls Texas

Bessie Jackson of St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls invites the public to celebrate Black History Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24. While enjoying live music and a chicken and rice lunch, attendees can also see some of the Black history exhibits slated for a museum being built at the church, 301 Avenue N. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

Celebrate Black History Month with down-home food, live music, and more from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Frederick Baptist Church, 301 Avenue N in Marble Falls.

Entertainment includes film clips of great moments in Black history and a glimpse at some of the exhibits planned for the new Black History Museum currently under construction at the church. 

The clips are from movies about famous names in Black history, such as Ruby Bridges, Emmet Till, and Harriet Tubman, as well as lesser-known people like Sarah Rector Campbell Crawford.

“Sarah Rector was known as the richest Black woman in the world,” said Bessie Jackson, museum organizer and church member. “Nobody knows about her. She had oil money and was a millionaire.” 

Attendees can enjoy chicken and rice, cornbread, chitterlings, greens, pea salad, cabbage, mac and cheese, and a variety of desserts and drinks. The food is free; donations are accepted and appreciated, Jackson said.

The church’s other Black History Month events include Sunday services featuring Negro spirituals on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Each service will include information about Black residents who helped shape the community. The Feb. 18 service will be followed by hot dogs and burgers. 

The church tops off its month-long celebration with singing, preaching, and praising the Lord at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. The theme is “We Shall Overcome Today.” 

suzanne@thepicayune.com