Confederate Memorial Day Service at Evergreen Cemetery

Frank Caperton, President RCHS, June 4, 2017 The dedicated volunteers of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 33 conducted a small service honoring the war dead of the South Sunday afternoon at Murfreesboro’s Evergreen Cemetery. Most do not realize several ‘holidays’ are recognized by the government of Tennessee in addition to…

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Rutherford County Historical Society Tour of MTSU’s Gore Center

Frank Caperton, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society, May 15, 2017 The Rutherford County Historical Society accepted an invitation to tour MTSU’s Gore Center Monday, May 15. Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, director of the Albert Gore Research Center, was a most most gracious host sharing how MTSU retired professor Dr. David Grubbs…

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Willie McGowan Annual Banquet

Cynthia Jones, VIP Murfreesboro Magazine, May, 2017 Bradley Academy hosted the annual Willie McGowan Banquet honoring those who have made a positive impact in Rutherford County.  The father of Bradley Academy Historical Association, Mr. Willie McGowan, fought to preserve the old Bradley Academy Structure. The building now host artists such…

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Decoration Day, May 6, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017, marked the second annual ‘Decoration Day’ at the Stones River National Battlefield. Approximately 75 people of different races and walks of life participated the 2017 Decoration Day at the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church as well as the Stones River National Battlefield. Decoration Day began on May…

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Tennessee State Capitol Columns at MTSU

Many thanks to local Historian Sandra Campbell for sharing her photos of the old State Capitol columns adorning the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. These columns were present at the Tennessee State Capitol for almost ninety years till wear and tear required their replacement along with some of the outside…

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Historians search for pieces of Black history

Michelle Willard, the Daily News Journal, February 28, 2017 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Local historians are searching for long lost pieces of African-American history in Rutherford County. Rutherford County Archivist John Lodl is on the hunt for copies of The Murfreesboro News, the town’s newspaper for the African-American community. The paper…

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A Celebration of the Community of Cemetery

How many of realize there was a thriving community located on present day Stones River National Battlefield?  How many of us realize this community, known as ‘Cemetery’ was created by freed slaves after the Civil War? Yes, a Freedmen’s community known as Cemetery emerged on the landscape where the Battle…

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Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes was a Hit

Sunday, December 4, 2016 Last night saw approximately 250 visitors to the Ransom School House as part of the 33rd Oaklands Candlelight Tour of Homes.  All were warmly greeted, serenaded with Christmas carols by the Middle Tennessee Christian School choir; many visitors left as brand new members of the Rutherford…

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