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Black Political Leaders in Tennessee, 1864-1865

I recently added the book, Slavery’s End in Tennessee, 1861-1865 to the bibliography list.  I perused this book once during a visit to the TN State Archives as I was looking for information about the Napier family.  The book is a good resource for understanding the broader picture of blacks after slavery in Tennesse.  For those interested, Table 7 on pages 111-112 presents a table of black political leaders.

The table presents names, Legal Status and Occupation. From Nashville are listed:

  • James Caffreey – Free – Farmer
  • Anderson Cheatham – Free – Grocer & liquor dealer
  • Ben J. Hadley – Slave – Liquor dealer
  • Henry Harding – Slave – Construction contractor, liquor dealer, hotel keeper
  • Wade Hickman – Slave – Liquor dealer
  • Daniel Lapsly – ? – Barber
  • Peter Lowery – Free – Disciples of Christ preacher, livery stable operator, general business agent
  • Samuel Lowery  – Free – Disciples of Christ missionary
  • John McGowen – Free – Barber
  • H.J. Maxwell – Free Northener – Sergeant
  • Alfred Menifee – Free – Grocer
  • Napoleon Merry – Free – Methodist preacher, stone mason
  • Nelson Merry – Free – Baptist minister
  • William C. Napier – Free – Hack driver
  • Frank Parrish – Free – Barber
  • Hardy Perry – Free – Hack line operator
  • George Scott – Free – Shoemaker or pressman
  • William B. Scott – Free – Editor of Nashville Colored Tennessean
  • Abraham Smith – Slave – Porter at the state capitol building
  • Jerry Stothart – Free – Hack driver
  • George Sumner – Free – Hack driver
  • James Sumner – Free – Hack driver
  • W. Alex Sumner – Free – Livery stable operator, liquor dealer, grocer
  • Andrew Tate – Free – Boatman
  • Daniel Wadkins – Free – Disciples of Christ preacher, teacher, farm laborer
  • Nelson Walker – Free – Barber
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