Happy Hill Remembered

Wendi Watts, the Daily News Journal, February 22, 1995 Black education changed through the years in Rutherford County Black Education in Rutherford County has gone through a lot of changes in the past 50 years. In the 1930s and 1940s, Thelma Marie Turrentine Marshall went to class in a one-room…

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Remembering George Smith, who led by example

Mike Sparks, The Daily News Journal, March 28, 2018 It’s been said that “those that do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.” Dr. George Smith knew his history, and he certainly didn’t want others to repeat it. Smith had a love for Tennessee history and telling those…

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Rutherford County community leader Dr. George Smith dies

Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal, March 24, 2018 For more than 30 years, Dr. George Smith devoted his time to securing scholarship funds for high-achieving black students in Rutherford County. Smith died Friday after an illness. An active member of the community, he gave his time to the Murfreesboro…

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Celebration of the Community Once Known as ‘Cemetery’

Saturday, February 18, 2018 The 3rd annual tour of the community once known as ‘Cemetery’ was an unqualified success.  Two motor coaches loaded to local history supporters visited the historic Stones River United Methodist Church and Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church.  We enjoyed history, entertainment, education and fellowship.

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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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The Cemetery Community

February 3, 2017 The African America Heritage Society, the Stones River National Battlefield and the Friends of the Stones River National Battlefield created this three-panel brochure helping keep the memories of of the community once known as Cemetery alive.

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