The Jackson-Madison County Bicentennial Commission and the Old Country Store collaborated to organize a Black History Lunch and Learn event at the Old Country Store.
In the words of Juanita Shaw, CEO of the Old Country Store, “It’s critical to talk about and remember the challenges African Americans suffered throughout slavery and the Jim Crow era.”
“They were unable to sit down. They weren’t allowed to enter a building.
As a result, they have to prepare their lunches at home or have someone else prepare them, and they frequently use a shoebox to keep their lunches together,” Shaw explained.
Her late husband wanted to recognize the progress accomplished in the United States and in Jackson by removing the historic stools that represented the sacrifice made to make it possible for non-segregated restaurants to open in the Hub City, according to Shaw.
“They were Lane students back in the 1960s,” Shaw said. In spite of the fact that they were not permitted to eat lunch, they went and sat down to be served. They were not provided with any food. “They were mistreated,” says the author.
She describes her restaurant as a “haven of harmony,” where people from all walks of life may come to dine and rejoice together in peace.
“We have folks who are millionaires who dine here, and we have people who are on food stamps who eat here.
” It is possible to sit down at a table with others and get to know one another better. According to Shaw, “there’s no greater place to be than at a table.”
Lane College President Logan Hampton said the event serves as a reminder of the challenges that have been endured as well as the progress that has been made in the United States.
According to Hampton, the purpose of this event is to encourage discussion and growth about the history of systematic racism and the progress made in overcoming it.
It was four young African-American students who had no positional status, no authority,
and no financial means but who were driven by a burning desire to rectify a historic wrong, to right a wrong in their society, that this display was created in memory of, Hampton added.
Hampton says he was motivated to learn about young Black students who were courageous enough to stand up for what they believed in and fight for it.
In other words, by learning from the past and being inspired by that history, we may become something greater and live out the American dream, according to Hampton.