03 Mar Rev. Paul Turner Historical Marker unveiled
The Rev. Paul Turner historical marker is finally in place!
We had an impactful Sunday ceremony after the February 28th traditional worship service. The ceremony was live-streamed and can be found on our YouTube channel as well as on our Facebook page.
The story of Rev. Turner’s walking African-American students “down the hill” to the Clinton High School and his subsequent beating is well known in this area. There are a number of documentaries available on YouTube, and I’d also encourage anyone to visit the Green McAdoo Cultural Center.
The GMCC contacts numerous documents that reflect the hatred directed to Rev. Turner. Upon visiting the center and reviewing the letters and postcards donated by the Turner family, I came away saddened and shocked by the vitriol of some people who felt it necessary to threaten Rev. Turner.
The historical marker was overdue, and I’m grateful to have been a small part of seeing it come to fruition. I’m thankful for our Turner Memorial Committee, AV team, office staff, local media, and others who made the day so meaningful. I’m especially appreciate of members of Rev. Turner’s family who made the effort to be present for the unveiling of the marker–DC