African American history

Central BBQ and the Lorraine Hotel

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While traveling through Memphis this past few weeks we found a great slow cook BBQ joint, Central BBQ slow smoked Memphis style.  After parking and waiting in a brief line we picked out our desired menu and weaved our way to the picnic style tables.  Since 2003, Central BBQ has been ranked in the top 3 […]

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Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument and the Whispering Wall

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I’d learned about Elijah Lovejoy in history and about his support of the abolition movement years ago, but sometimes it takes seeing and remembering to bring home the efforts that some went to for our freedoms.  This past Monday, Annie Jansen, my mom and I visited the monument in Alton, Illinois.  Mom didn’t try the […]

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Fort Defiance defies history

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There is always an interesting twist when it comes to history, but an ironic one surrounds Clarksville’s Fort Defiance. Built by 200 enslaved men with shovels and picks, this acre of earthworks would later serve as a place of shelter when the Union army occupied the city.  During my hosted visit to Clarksville, Tracy Jepson, […]

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Wilma Glodean Rudolph a Clarksville Legacy

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A visit to the beautiful Custom House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee brought me face to face with Wilma Glodean Rudolph.  This Olympic Gold medal winner was profiled at the museum and impressed me with her story. Born on June 25, 1940, the 20th of 22 children to Ed and Blanche Rudolph, she came into the […]

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