Freedmen’s Plots

In the years of chaos and dislocation after the Civil War, a group of freed slaves clustered along a quiet road near Bethania. They tended garden patches in their small homes, worshipped in their own church and went on to establish their own school, two stores and a canning factory. Read More … [Read more...]

Tour unveils freed slave community

In the midst of Stones River National Battlefield lies the remnants of a community. Bricks from homes, broken dishes and pipes lie scattered in wooded areas. No one is certain how or why the community started, but the answer may lie in its name: Cemetery. Read More … [Read more...]