The Promise Land Heritage Association plans to unveil its new Civil War Trails Sign on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in Charlotte.
According to a news release from the organization, the project is a result of the continued partnership between the Promise Land Heritage Association, Civil War Trails, Inc., and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. The new sign helps to connect the Civil War era and the modern Civil Rights Era.
Promise Land is part of the Civil War Trails program which connects visitors to more than 1,350 sites across six states.
“We are excited to update our county Civil War Trails profile,” Jessica Hollingsworth, Marketing and Tourism Manager for the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, said in the news release. “We have a truly unique history here involving the United States Colored Troop, the railroad, and the Promise Land community.”
“The text updates on the marker provide new information about early community settlers,” Serina Gilbert, Board Chair and Acting Director for the Promise Land Heritage Association, said in the news release. “The information includes six USCT veterans who settled Promise Land. They are Clark Garrett, Ed Vanleer, Landin Williams, Ransom Vanleer, John Nesbitt, and Arch Nesbitt. This information is important in telling the complete story.”
Also scheduled to be included in the two-hour dedication ceremony is a presentation of United States Colored Troop re-enactors who have been invited to attend, recognition of descendants of the USCT veterans, recognition of Theo Edmondson and The Promise Land Singers, and recognition of Bernice Heard, the only surviving member of The Promise Land Singers.
Refreshments will be served in the Promise Land Community Center following the program.