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Original Church of God and L.M. Swanson’s Nursing Home receives historical marker

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The L.M. Swanson’s Nursing Home historical marker.

A marker commemorating the Original Church of God and L.M. Swanson’s Nursing Home at 660 Pace Street, in Gallatin, Tennessee has been installed, serving as a testament to African American contributions to the city.

The historical marker stands as a lasting tribute to the significance of Bishop Lula Mae Swanson in the community’s history. It is also a reminder of the stories, struggles, and triumphs of those who came before us, and a symbol of our commitment to preserving and sharing our collective past.

“I am excited to see this historical marker installed and to honor the legacy of Bishop Lula Mae Swanson,” said Candice Luther Owens, founder of Bold 4 Christ Ministries, and great-niece of Bishop Lula Mae Swanson. “It is a meaningful addition to the community and a reminder of the importance of preserving our history for future generations.”

The installation of the historical marker was made possible through the efforts of Bold 4 Christ Ministries, Original Church of God or Sanctified Church, and the consulting firm of AAHRC, African American Historical Research and Consulting. Gratitude is extended to all who contributed to this project and helped make it a reality.

Community members are encouraged to visit the historical marker and learn more about the history it commemorates.

“We invite residents and visitors alike to take a moment to reflect on the significance of the Original Church of God, the L.M. Swanson Nursing Home, and its impact on our community,” said officials.

For more information about the historic marker or to learn about upcoming events and initiatives, contact the Original Church of God or Sanctified Church at 660 Pace St, Gallatin, Tenn., 37066.

“We are proud to celebrate the installation of this historic marker and to honor the legacy of Bishop Lula Mae Swanson,” said Church officials. “May it serve as a reminder of our shared history and the importance of preserving our heritage for generations to come.”

Bishop Swanson was founder and pastor of three Jehovah Churches of God located in Gallatin, Hartsville, and Belvedere, Tenn. She owned and operated a grocery store, then used the proceeds from that venture to build the first nursing home for African Americans in 1954. Bishop Swanson pastored three churches for 55 years while remaining active in civic and community affairs.

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