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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Battlefield tour spotlights Cemetery Community

Nancy De Genarro, The Daily News Journal, February 19, 2017 It’s hard to imagine that homes, barns, vineyards and churches once stood on the stark landscape of native grasses and woods at Stones River National Battlefield. The Cemetery Community settled shortly after the end of the Civil War and was…

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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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