PCHA to highlight interesting African-Americans from county’s history

Published 1:11 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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On February 13, the Polk County Historical Museum program will explore ten interesting individuals from Polk’s African-American community. These citizens helped contribute to the county’s rich history for 200 years. 

The presentation will cover two elderly slaves born in Africa in the 17th century who lived to see freedom and a Polk slave who took part in three American wars. The program will include his 1898 interview with the Atlanta Constitution newspaper.

Other individuals highlighted will include an African-American sports legend who first demonstrated his athletic skills at Tryon High School and another Tryon native who became a TV star. Not to mention Saluda’s black preacher, doctor and healer. Chief docent and long-term historical association board member James Metcalf is in charge of the program.

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February is Black History Month, and everyone is invited to attend the Polk County Historical Museum program this month to learn about some of our county’s interesting African-American citizens. 

The Polk County Museum is located in downtown Columbus at 60 Walker Street. The program will begin at 2 pm and there is no cost to attend.


Submitted by John Vining