By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times
As a small black church in Hiseville, Queens Chapel Baptist Church celebrates its black heritage every day. But Sunday provided the congregation with a special opportunity to celebrate Black History Month by listening to and learning from another community member’s personal black history.
The church invited Joe Trigg, Glasgow farmer, veteran and city council member, to share his story with the congregation Sunday afternoon. It is important as a church to study and celebrate black history, Pastor Ray Stewart said, because the church is centered on love and equality. If the church doesn’t seek those things and foster unity, then no one will, Stewart said.
“Unity should start in the church,” Stewart said.
Trigg divided his life story into three parts: his foundation, military service and his current activities. There were many times through the years when Trigg asked himself, “Why me, why now?”
“Experts would say my life started in a rough place,” Trigg said.
Trigg was raised by a single mother, and their neighborhood in Glasgow’s black community was a rough area, he said. But no one told them their life was so rough. It was a community that lived a challenging lifestyle, but also focused on education and religion. The black educators in the community worked hard to make sure the children learned as much as they could in order to seek more opportunities in the future.
“Looking back, maybe it was the blacksmith’s fire, where metal was forged,” Trigg said.
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