By Dave Barkholz

Dignataries joined Promise Land curator Serina Gilbert Friday in kicking off a nearly two-month run of a major Smithsonian exhibit celebrating America’s rural heritage.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America is making its sixth and final stop across Tennessee from now until August 7 at the Promise Land Heritage Association in Charlotte.
Gilbert, the long-time curator of Promise Land until her recent retirement, opened the exhibit by cutting a ribbon expertly set by Corey Albert, CEO of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce.
Gilbert said Promise Land has been working on the exhibit for nearly two years after being asked to host it by Humanities Tennessee, a major financial backer of the program.
Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial said the exhibit is a big win for the county, which is better than one-quarter rural.
The Promise Land community also is a natural place for it given its own historic significance. Promise Land was a community created by free slaves right after the Civil War. Today, the grounds features a school and offices where the exhibit is being shown.
A festival is planned for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. to mark the grand opening of Crossroads for the public.
Tours will be available and a concert provided by the Danberrys. 
Lawn chairs and picnic lunches are recommended. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Promise Land is located at 707 Promise Land Road in Charlotte.

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