St. Luke A.M.E.’s Wild Feast to celebrate 30 years on Feb. 16
by Marie Nesmith
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For Joy Hill, carrying on the long-standing tradition of St. Luke A.M.E. Church’s Wild Feast in honor of her late father, Matthew Hill, has been a labor of love. On Feb. 16, the event will celebrate its 30th anniversary, with food being served after the congregation’s 11 a.m. service.

“He started it with two other elderly ladies at my church,” Hill said about her father, a retired Cartersville educator and school board member, who passed away in 2009. “They all liked to eat wild meat, but they did it in remembrance of a time when the wild game was all they could eat. They couldn’t afford to go to the grocery store or even farther back than him, they weren’t allowed to go buy food. They had to pretty much eat off of the land. So he incorporated that into our church’s black history celebration and it has been a crowd-pleaser for those 30 years.

“… It just pleases me to be able to carry on something what daddy started because I was and I still am a daddy’s girl. A lot of the projects that he had his hand in, I’m not him so I couldn’t complete. But this is one that I can continue and I willfully do so.”

Open to the public, the free meal at 130 Jones St. in Cartersville will offer diners an opportunity to try different types of meat, such as beaver, groundhog, raccoon, goat, rabbit and mountain oysters. There also will be chicken and ham available.

“It’s humorous,” Hill said, referring to watching diners sample wild meat for the first time. “Even if they like it, when they put it on their plate, they’re always kind of hesitant with a strange look on their face, like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ But then they’re surprised when they actually like it.

“All the food either tastes like pork, beef or chicken. So if they can get that in their mind [and forget] what it used to be, they’ll be alright.”

In the afternoon, St. Luke A.M.E. Church will present a Black History program at 3 p.m., featuring the Rev. Dr. F. Keith Slaughter as the speaker. According to www.baptistschooloftheology.org, he graduated from Tuskegee University and currently is the interim dean of the Baptist School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

“The son of the late Rev. Dr. James E. Slaughter and Velma T. Slaughter, he is a chaplain, spiritual consultant, college/seminary professor, Dean, Baptist preacher/pastor, pastoral theologian, husband and father,” states www.baptistschooloftheology.org. “A minister of the gospel since 1986, Dr. Slaughter has served as Senior Pastor of diverse congregations in Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.

“He worked in social services as a mental health professional for many years ‘in the streets’ as a case manager and as an administrator in community mental health and substance abuse programs on the west and south sides of Chicago. He has worked full-time in community and pastoral ministry and in the academy since 1998, and currently serves as pastor of the Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.”

For more information about St. Luke A.M.E. Church’s Wild Feast and Black History program, call Hill at 770-873-3146.