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    The Jubilee Singers. (1875). Image courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Murfreesboro Notes (1 Mar 1907)

From the Nashville Globe – March 1, 1907

  • The pupils of Bradley Academy celebrated George Washington’s birthday last Friday, February 22.  A very interesting programmed was rendered.  Those on the programme were Misses Sallie R. Anderson, Vera Lee Coleman, Maggie Eules, Mary and Amanda McClain, Annie M. Prim, Darrow Reed,  Willie Todd.  Messrs. Percy Jordan, Richard Burks, Thos. Lillard, of seventh grade;  Lela Anderson, Laura Meeks and Henry Lee Brown, fifth grade;  Master Charley Howse and Lavada Brooks, fourth grade;  Elizabeth Murray and Whitmore Carney of third grade; Ada Lee Alexander and Burrus Miller, of second grade; Nick Patterson, Betha Meeks and Samuel Rucker, of first grade.  The decorations were of red, white and blue flags.
  • Mrs. Annie Ransom entertained the Ladies’ Embroidery Club Saturday evening, February 23, 1907, at her home.  After the business meeting was over an elaborate luncheon was served by John Ella Bass, consisting of chicken, beaten biscuit, salad, fruit salad, cake and coffee.  Those present were Mesdames Mamie Vaughn, R.B. Meeks, H.P. Scales, G.B. Brady, Walter Page, Horace Mitchell, Misses Nannie Ransom, Beulah Miller, Dilsy Butler, Matilda Green and Elma A. Williams.
  • Mrs. Clara Ewing and Mrs. H.P. Scales are on the sick list.
  • Mrs. Ollie Officer, of Sparta, Tenn., who has been at the bed side of her mother, has returned home.
  • Mrs. Harden is convalescent.
  • Mr. P.A. Bently, of Nashville, Mr. Williams and Mr. Ewing, of Franklin, were the guests of Mrs. Clara Ewing.
  • Misses Nannie and Bettie Keeble have returned to Chicago.
  • Rev. James Moore has returned from Paris, Ky., where he has been carrying on a series of meetings.
  • Rev. D.P. Pearson had a successful rally Sunday, raising $19.00
  • Mrs. Lula McMurray, of Chattanooga, Tenn., who has been very ill at the home of her mother, is improving rapidly.

Tombstone Tuesday: Sampson W. Keeble

Sampson W. Keeble was the first African-American to serve on the TN State Legislature. He represented Davidson County from 1873-1875.  Earlier this month I was out at Greenwood Cemetery and happened upon his grave. 

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As you can see, he is buried with his daughter and son-in-law.  The Tennessee State Library & Archives has an online exhibit of black legislators from Tennessee in which Keeble is included. His bio has several details about his personal life and legislative career. 

The bio mentions that he last appears in the Nashville City Directory in 1886, and now that Ancestry has Nashville City Directories now from 1879-1899, I was able to quickly look him up.  Looks like he lived at 100 N. Spruce St. 

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Given how new his headstone is, and given that a previous bio of him indicates it was now known where he died, I suspect this marker may have been recently done, perhaps in conjunction w/ the TSLA exhibit?

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