Marion County Historical Society member Randy Davis said that the ceremony will take place Feb. 23 at the cemetery at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church in Foxworth. Davis said the date was chosen to celebrate Black History Month.
Historical Society director Christopher Watts said records show Magee was born in North Carolina on May 29, 1841, and sold as a slave in Enterprise, Miss. Watts said Magee was present at the Vicksburg siege and was pressed into service in the Union army.
Magee died in 1971 in Foxworth.
Photo: Sylvester Magee