Looking Back: Bradley Academy had six buildings

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 31, 2010 Research has uncovered information about the many locations of Bradley Academy. Research by two Rutherford County Historical Society members has uncovered information about the many locations of Bradley Academy. It seems that the academy had at least six buildings and three locations…

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Black Southerners in Confederate gray

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 February marks the beginning of Black History Month – a remembrance of important people and events of African American origin that began in 1926. There have been many major contributions to our nation and to our society by black Americans some…

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Black slave owner an ‘untold part’ of history

Descendant traces wealthy Midstate landowner, by Colby Sledge – Staff Writer – Tennessean, February 27, 2007 Like many wealthy landowners of the pre-Civil War South, Sherrod Bryant owned slaves.  They probably worked much of Bryant’s 700 acres in Middle Tennessee, an area larger than that of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage plantation.…

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Murfreesboro Post Top 10: Women with historic impact

The Murfreesboro Post, February 18, 2007 A political matron from the time Murfreesboro was the state’s capitol and an astronaut are among the 10 women featured in a new exhibit at the The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, now open at 225 West College Street. Entitled “From the…

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Local doctor, reenactor starts Civil War round table

The Daily News Journal, August 17, 2003 On a trip to Ohio several years ago, Dr. George Smith of Murfreesboro learned a valuable history lesson. “I learned that Murfreesboro had two black regiments, the 13th and the 17th, during the Civil War.”  Says Smith, who was recently elected president of…

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