Wesley and Julia Lowery were strong believers in self worth and spent their lifetimes devoted to faith, family, community service and in improving the livelihood of others. At one time, while living in the Esom Hill community there was no school facility for children. Wesley and Julia converted two rooms of the family residence into a school to provide needed education for children.
Wesley Lowry established the Polk County Farmers Club as a means of educating Black farmers in successful crop techniques and keeping them abreast of new trends and ideas. This organization was instrumental in the employment of Polk County’s first Black county agent. A lifetime farmer, he won many awards for his achievements.
Julia Lowery was an educator for 61 years. At age 19, she began teaching in the public school system and continued for 38 years. After retirement, she established and operated Jack and Jill Kindergarten of Polk County for 23 years–a first for Black children. As a licensed beautician and First Aide certified, she assisted others in both areas throughout the community. Her lifespan, covering almost three centuries, enabled her to serve as a valuable historian. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in Polk County.
Both were active in all aspects of the Church through service in teaching situations and office affiliations. Both served in numerous community organizations. Wesley was a 33 degree Mason. Julia was a ranking district Officer in the Eastern Star and was honored with the Polk County Chapter being named for her. Both supported and educated their children through university levels and inspired them to continue the rich heritage of faith, family and community service.
written by Ellaween C. Lowery, Sparta, GA