5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134-7693
Union Avenue Campus
737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-3322
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: February 4, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
Southwest Names Lacey Woodson Recipient
The 13th annual Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit program at Southwest
Tennessee Community College is set for 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, in
the Union Avenue Campus Theater, Union and Manassas. Earnest Edward Lacey,
author and businessman, will receive the 2002 Carter G. Woodson Award of
Merit. This event will initiate the African American History Month
observance at Southwest. It is free and open to the public.
Lacey serves as a business consultant for small-business owners and
start-up businesses. In addition, he is the host of two local television
talk shows, Small Business Review and Ancestors.
A well-respected genealogist, Lacey is the author of a biographical novel,
FreeJoe: A Story of Faith, Love and Perseverance. His other work , based
on that same genealogical research is, The Search for FreeJoe: Researching
A Family's History; Actual Account. The books recount the life of Lacey's
great, great, great-grandfather, Joseph "FREEJOE" Harris. FREEJOE became a
successful businessman after gaining his freedom from slavery. His
business interests included real estate, carpentry, farming, inn-keeping
and stagecoach routing.
Lacey receives invitations from across the nation to present workshops and
to give lectures on genealogy. His topics range from genealogy in general
to more specific topics on African American genealogy.
The Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit was established at what is now the
Union Avenue Campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College in 1989. It
is aimed at promoting the work of Dr. Woodson, who is considered the
founder of African American History Month. Recipients of the award have
fostered and/or preserved the African and African American presence in
America. They have also made significant contributions to the American way
of life and advanced Dr. Woodson's legacy of historical accuracy and
With 13,000 students, Southwest is the fourth largest institute of higher
learning in the state. Southwest Tennessee Community College is a
comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is
to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers,
and communities of Shelby and Fayette counties and the surrounding
For additional information about the Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit
program, call the College at 901/333-5203.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.