- Lawlessness and terrorism in Wilson County, Tennessee
September 7, 1871 WILSON, Tennessee African-Americans, Crime/Violence, Race-Relations
Described as a well-liked African American in the community, Isaac Creek was attacked in his cabin in the middle of the night by a group of armed white men. Creek fatally shot Thomas Lyons after refusing to surrender to the prowlers who attempted to burn down his cabin. The Williamson County Journal's editor reacted with rage at what he viewed as intolerable lawlessness on the part of the band...
- The Mixed Congregation of St. John's Church in Ashwood
1841 MAURY, Tennessee African-Americans, Church/Religious-Activity, Race-Relations
During the fall of 1841, the townspeople of Ashwood erected St. John's Episcopal Church halfway between Columbia and Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. A Philadelphian man gave an in depth account of the church?s first service in a letter he wrote to the editor of The Guardian. As a northerner, he acted as an outside observer in this small southern town. He elaborately described the architecture, location, congregation,...
- Attorney C.S. Palmore's Search for Legatees
March 1, 1846 FAYETTE, Tennessee African-Americans, Health/Death, Law, Slavery, Women
On March 1, 1846, C.S. Palmore, an attorney in Fayette County, Tennessee, wrote a letter to one of his colleagues. Attorney Edward Brown received the letter from Palmore in Ballsville, Virginia. Palmore boasted the supremacy of the state of Tennessee to the state of Virginia. I will say nothing about the fertility of our soil and other advantages afforded here to the young and enterprising, Palmore...