By Nick Nunn
Union Springs Baptist Church Pastor Robert Terrell and his wife Toni Terrell welcomed the visitors to the service, on behalf of the church, and Kendrick Simmons, third vice president of the Morgan County NAACP, greeted the congregation on behalf of the NAACP.
Indian Creek Baptist Church Pastor Bobby Patman read from the 24th chapter of the book of Joshua, culminating with the passage, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Madison Mayor Fred Perriman gave a prayer during the ceremony, urging attendees to “not forget the bridge that brought us over.” “As we reminisce on history past,” said Perriman, “we thank [God] for bringing our ancestors through.”
NAACP Youth Council Members Tavarius Wilson and Tamara Lowe read a list of prominent black Morgan County citizens to the crowd, reminding the group of how many members of Morgan County’s black community have earned success as politicians and business owners.
The Union Springs Baptist Church Choir and members of the Plainview Baptist Church Choir sang selected songs between speakers to provide intermissions. Pastor Cosby came to the pulpit after being introduced by Morgan County Commissioner Donald Harris, and Cosby