By Jan White
LOVELADY – On Friday, August 12, the Lovelady City Hall opened its doors to welcome residents and guests to the ceremony celebrating the town’s 150th anniversary.
The building was decorated from floor to ceiling with pictures and displays depicting Lovelady’s rich history. Guest speakers at the event included Jim Refro, a Houston County Historical Commission representative, the Mayor of Lovelady Byron Shoemaker, and Houston County Judge Jim Lovell, who read a proclamation commemorating the city’s sesquicentennial birthday. Also attending was author Ralph Stenzel from Galveston County Historical Commission, who is creating a pictorial book about Lovelady’s history. Darrell Johnston, the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lovelady, led the group in prayer.
A special guest at the event was Burtis Wooten, the younger brother of Tuskegee Airman Howard Wooten, whose pilot’s photograph was used by the U.S. Airforce to represent the famed Tuskegee Airman and adopted as the official image of the Tuskegee Airmen Foundation.
Following the brief ceremony, attendees were invited to help themselves to cake and punch and explore the historical pictures and memorabilia scattered throughout the city hall.