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Please help us fund monuments and markers for these important events and places in Tennessee’s African American history.
Many formerly enslaved men joined the Union Army during the Civil War to fight for their continued freedom. They became part of the United States Colored Troops. The headquarters for the 101st regiment of the USCT was located in Clarksville, Tennessee. We have been able to determine the location of these headquarters as well as conduct a detailed analysis of the regiment’s records. The Tennessee African American Historical Group has successfully raised the funds, completed the research, and received approval from the historical commission to place a historical marker in front the Dunn Center on APSU campus to honor the service of these brave soldiers. The marker is scheduled to be unveiled August 6, 2022. If you would like to help us continue our work, please donate at the link provided above.
The Negro Agricultural Fair
The Montgomery County Negro Agricultural Fair was a yearly event created and administered by the African American community in Clarksville from 1948-1962. The fair took place at the corner of Lee Street and Drane Street and occurred during the era of racial segregation. The fair was part of the rich cultural history of the African American community in Clarksville. Pope G. Garrett Sr. was a secretary of the Negro Fairground Board throughout all 14 years of its existence. Mr. Garret was a leader in the Clarksville African American community and became an alderman in 1955 and County Magistrate Commissioner from January 1969-1978.
The Tennessee African American Historical Group has successfully raised the funds, completed the research, and received approval from the historical commission to place a historical marker near the corner of Lee and Drane Street in Clarksville, TN. The marker is scheduled to be unveiled August 6, 2022. If you would like to help us continue our work, please donate at the link provided above.
Following emancipation in Tennessee during the Civil War, freed people from the surrounding area sought refuge inside of Union military lines in Clarksville. In 1864, some of these freed people created a village near Dunbar Cave. It was referred to as “Affricanna Town” by a former slave owner. It was separate from the refugee camp in Clarksville that was managed by the United States military. The village was not subject to the poor conditions imposed upon the refugee camp and it allowed freed people the chance to exercise their new rights as American citizens.
The Tennessee African American Historical Group has worked with historians at Dunbar Cave State Park to complete the necessary historical research to create an accurate marker. Our goal is to bring honor to the memory of the inhabitants of “Affricanna Town” and insure their inclusion in Clarksville’s historical narrative.