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The Annual FreeHill Homecoming / Another Lost Opportunity

On Friday June 29, 2007, I would speak to Mr…Ralph Richardson,
President of the Friends of Free Hill Community Board of Directors.
Free Hill is a unique rural Black community made up primarily of
the descendants of slaves which settled on the hill well before
the War Between the States. Free Hill is located 5 miles northeast
of the City of Celina in Clay County, Tennessee . It is also the
home of one of the famous and one of only the thirty remaining Rosendale
Schools of 354 built primarily for the education of Blacks, through
the joint efforts of Julius Rosenwald of Sears and Roebucks, and
Booker T.Washington of the Tuskegee Institute. The Free Hill Community
in in the process of restoring the 70 + year old school building
and developing community park . The community was awarded a grant
from the USDA Rural Development Agency to establish the park at
the school location. It has become desirous with the Free Hill community
and those they partner with that this site needs to be one that
preserves African American Heritage, one that is uniquely entwined
with his White brothers. I have been asked by Mr.. Richardson, if
Terry Lee and I could attend the Annual Free Hill Homecoming events
of July 7th and 8th , 2007; speak with the many citizens who inquire
of my mission and of a story never told of the place of honor and
dignity earned by a man called slave alongside a man he called not
only master, but family. We were also asked to participate in August
of 08 an event in Freewill in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute,
details that will be provided at a later date.

Terry Lee and I feel that this is an excellent opportunity for all
of us within the southern movement to bring the table of brotherhood
to the ancestors of the African people who have reached out to those
of us who steadfastly defend the place of honor that they and their
ancestors earned under our Southern Cross for knowledge not told
by Hollywood, nor academicians of the public school system, nor
the many press who will gather on their grounds. As per usual, there
are no funds available to meet this important endeavor that has
been laid upon my door. I can only ask that those of you who have
the vision to understand this important request. Please send a donation
to this important undertaking immediately !,
H.K.Edgerton, 71 buffalo Street, Asheville, N.C. 28806, or H.K.Edgerton,
5 Jane Street, Asheville, N.C. 28801