Black History Month Banner Program Honoree: Reverend Tyrone Broadus
Reverend Tyrone L. Broadus was one of the 13 honor guards chosen to escort the Kennedy family and President Lyndon B. Johnson to the consecration of the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame grave site on March 15, 1967. Broadus’s duties as a member of the Old Guard, formally the 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, were to conduct memorial services for fallen soldiers and to serve at special events. In 1974, Broadus enrolled in Washington Saturday College, held at Howard University, and earned his associate’s degree in religious education (he received his bachelor’s in 1981). He was ordained at True Gospel Baptist Church in June 1985 and moved to DeFuniak Springs to preach, first at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church and then St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church, where he still serves.