America W. Robinson (1855-1920) of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

July 28, 2021, Carol Robertson White of the Rutherford County Historical Society In 1866, Robinson enrolled on opening day in the new Fisk Colored School at Nashville, founded by the American Missionary Association. Her teaching career began at the age of thirteen. She earned money for tuition and living expenses…

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Cemetery School (Black), 1874-1962

CEMETERY SCHOOL BLACK 1874-1962 was on the southwest side of the old Nashville Highway and just northwest of Asbury Road. It was behind the Stones River Methodist Church. The site of the church is shown on the 1878 Beers Map. On February 9, 1874, Mrs. Eliza Burrus deeded one acre…

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“Unconstitutional” 231 School Had Short History

Frow Chips, March/April, 2021, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian In 1962, eight years after the U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, the Rutherford County school system opened a new segregated school facility on U. S. Highway 231 South. The all black faculty taught black students…

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William Holland—Hero of the American Civil War

Carol Berning, RCHS Frow Chips, January/February, 2021 Just outside the Hazen Brigade Cemetery wall at Stones River National Battlefield stand two military grave stones. They mark the resting place of William Holland (1834-1909) and William Harlan (1895-1979). William Holland began his life as a slave. I have created a brief…

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Cedar Grove School (Black), 1901-1967

CEDAR GROVE SCHOOL BLACK 1901-1967, also called the JOHN E. WINDROW SCHOOL, was near the Williamson County line. It was on the John Windrow Road about one-half mile north of its intersection with the Rocky Glade Road and across from the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. On July 27, 1901,…

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Mary Ellen Vaughn Marking

October 31, 2020 Mary Ellen Vaughn was one tough lady. Born February 24, 1893 near Montgomery, Alabama, Mary Ellen Vaughn moved to Murfreesboro as a young lady to become a force in the local early civil rights movement. From The Murfreesboro Post: “Mary Ellen Vaughn was an entrepreneur and skilled…

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Vaughn’s Training School, (Black) 1933-1951

VAUGHN’S TRAINING SCHOOL BLACK 1933-1951 was located in the home of Mary Ellen Vaughn on the east side of South Highland Street in Murfreesboro. The site is now the intersection of Vaughn Street and South Highland Ave. Mary Ellen Vaughn, a graduate of Tuskegee College in Alabama and the holder…

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Mary Ellen Vaughn Honored With TN Historical Marker

October 31, 2020, Murfreesboro City TV, Michael Linn White Mary Ellen Vaughn’s legacy is honored with the unveiling of a Tennessee Historical Marker at the site where her home once stood. Vaughn was a journalist, nurse, teacher, and advocate for women and African Americans.

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