Tennessee Manual Labor University (Black), 1872

TENNESSEE MANUAL LABOR UNIVERSITY BLACK 1872 was to have been located in District 13 on the old Nashville-Murfreesboro Road. The property was bounded by James M. Tompkins west of the Cemetery, by the river on the north, and by the railroad. On July 9, 1872, N. C. Collier, for consideration of $1,042.67, the balance of the purchase money, signed a
deed for 57 2/3 acres of land.

The Freedman’s Watchman reported on February 12, 1868, that three hundred acres had been purchased as the site of the school for young Blacks. It also said that Peter Lytle had been selected as agent and had already collected five hundred dollars.

The school was never constructed.

SOURCES: Deed Book 21, p. 233. Jim Leonhirth, ‘Rutherford County Fragments of a Past,” in*Homer Pittard, ed., Griffith! Rutherford County Bicentennial Commission, 1976.

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