CHIPLEY - On Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 816 Sunday Road, Chipley under the pastorate of the Rev. Malcolm O. Nelson, will host its Annual Black History Service.

The church will be paying tribute to 400 years of perseverance, 400 years of the creative industry of a people who were kidnapped and brought unwillingly to these shores and who, with resolute African spirit, fought for human dignity and equality. The service will show forth how their descendants moved from the slave ship to citizenship, ownership, leadership, judgeship, etc.

The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Judge Elijah Smiley who was born, reared, and schooled in Gulf County. He is an honor graduate of Port St. Joe High School.  Judge Smiley holds a Bachelor of Science in Government, Masters of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctorate degree. Judge Smiley currently serves as Chief Judge in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit serving Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington, and Holmes County. He presides in the civil and probate divisions. Judge Smiley has been a member of the Florida Bar for 30 years and has served as a Judge for the past 20 years.  All are invited Sunday, February 17th at 11 a.m.