The Henry County Board of Commissioners and the City of Locust Grove will host a road dedication ceremony on February 8 at 11 a.m. dedicating a portion of Peeksville Rd. in honor of the late James W. Lemon with the unveiling of road markers.

In October, the Henry County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for the installation of a marker on a portion of Peeksville Rd. between the area beginning at the intersection of Hwy. 42 to the intersection of South Ola Road in Locust Grove, in honor of Civil Rights activist and NAACP trailblazer James W. Lemon.

Locust Grove City Council approved a similar resolution in September to honor Lemon.

Lemon’s honor comes as he was an integral part of improving the lives of African-Americans in and around Henry County through his activism and actions, particularly from establishing the Henry County Chapter of the NAACP in the 1940s, and dedicating his life to the education and betterment of those who were systematically underserved. He was often called a peacemaker, with the ability to bring people of all races and backgrounds together.

Several members of Lemon’s family are expected to be in attendance for the unveiling and dedication, along with city and county officials and members of the public.

Parking will be available at Locust Grove City Hall and Henry County Transit will provide free shuttle service to the marker located at 14 Peeksville Rd.

Locust Grove City Hall is located at 3644 Highway 42 in Locust Grove.

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