By Jennifer Moonsong
Central Division, General Manager
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
In observance of African American History month, we take a glimpse into Metcalfe County’s past, and remember the African American people and communities who helped establish the county:
Fountain Clark of the Summer Shade Community, better known as “Uncle Fount” helped develop commerce and trade by hauling freight. He started his career by using a team of oxen to haul goods from Horse Cave to Summer Shade. He also sometimes used a team of up to six horses, depending on the conditions of the road and eventually hauled freight from the Glasgow train depot all the way to Burkesville.
Aunt Whiz, also known as Aunt Melinda Beauchamp, was a beloved cook.
Aunt Pollie Barrix, who notably lived to be 107 years of age, perhaps more.
Wyoming President, a teacher who taught at the Ebenezer School for African-American children, help to form and shape the lives of many children in the county throughout the years. She was recorded in history as an educated, kind, and forward thinking woman.