African American history

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]