Tennessee African American Historical Group
Our work is centered upon improving the comprehensive and factual narrative of African American history in Tennessee communities, for those who live throughout the state and also for our visitors.
The Tennessee African American Historical Group has begun vigorously researching sites and people of historical significance in the African American community that are yet to be acknowledged. They are an important part of the landscape of our beautiful growing city. We seek to build upon the legacy of our past and celebrate the experiences and people who made our city what it is today. In order to continue our work and fund future markers and monuments, we need your help and contributions!
As many know, 2019 marked the 400th year since the first documented arrival of Africans in the United States. 2020 then marked a new decade and brought forth many challenges that tested our resilience, faith and holistic health. We believe through all of the challenges, as a community we have remained supportive, attentive and empathetic for all who have been negatively affected. Now, with a new decade comes a new vision! The vision and opportunity to be a more inclusive and equitable community is now amongst us.
You have the opportunity to help fund future historical markers!
The list below is a sampling of the current historical topics we are researching for future markers and monuments:
Affricanna Town was a settlement that developed in 1865 consisting of formerly enslaved individuals. It was located near Dunbar Cave.
The Montgomery County Negro Agricultural Fair
This 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.
Pope G. Garrett Sr.
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. He was a secretary of the Negro Fairground Board throughout all 14 years of its existence.
The 101st United States Colored Troops’ Headquarters
This regiment was headquartered in Clarksville-Montgomery County during the Civil War near Austin Peay State University and consisted of soldiers who had formerly been enslaved.
If you would like to support this endeavor, please consider a contribution that is affordable to your budget.