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Money Signed by JC Napier

Earlier this week I received the coolest images via email.   Nashvillian James Carroll Napier was Register of the US Treasury from 1911-1913 and his signature appeared on our currency. Here is a bill from that time period with JC’s signature on it – how cool is that! Many thanks to Stefan Jagoe for sharing! Advertisements

Napier wins Councilman position

Tom Wood, writer of Nashville history over at NashvillePost.com sent me the following article from the September 29, 1878 issue of the Colored Councilman.  Transcription: J.C. Napier, the councilman elect from the fourth ward, is considered by the colored people to be one of the most creditable representatives of their race, and this great popularity […]

Mrs. Napier Visits Home

While browsing newspapers on the Library of Congress; Chronicling America website, I just happened across a news item of Nashville citizen, Nettie Langston Napier. Washington Bee newspaper of Washington, DC August 6, 1910; pg. 5 “Mrs. Nettie Langston Napier, of Nashville, Tenn., is the guest of her mother and brother at the old homestead.” Nettie’s […]

Carroll Napier Langston, Jr.

Over on my genealogy blog, I’ve just posted some information on my overall impressions of FootNote.com and some of the potential I see with it. As I was exploring the site, I decided to do a search for information on Carroll Napier Langston, Jr. His paternal grandmother, Ida M. Napier Langston, was a sister to […]

Obituary: James Carroll Napier

From the Tennessean – 21 Apr 1940 While visiting the Tennessee State Library & Archives yesterday, I located this obituary for J.C. Napier.

Golden Wedding of J.C. Napiers

From the Chicago Defender October 28, 1928 Golden Wedding of J.C. Napiers: Prominent Couple Feted by Friends on 50th Anniversary. Nashville, Tenn., Oct 19. — At 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, 1878, a procession moved down the aisle of the 10th and G. Sts. Congregational church, Washington, D.C. , to the strains of Mendelssohn’s […]

Hon. James C. Napier

Nashville’s first formally educated lawyer was James C. Napier. The Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee text has a nice write-up of his background. As I’ve been working on this blog and researching various people in Nashville history, I have kept Napier in the back of my mind to begin formally researching. I do so […]

National Negro Business League

Today, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History posted a picture of the National Negro Business League in 1900 to their Facebook page.  Booker T. Washington, seated 2nd from left, was the 1st president. Lo and behold, who is that to the left of him? Why, it’s James Carroll Napier.  Napier served as President […]

Deaths: May 20, 1960

From the May 20, 1960 issue of the Nashville Globe BEDFORD, Mrs. Hattie – May 14, at a local nursing home CECIL, Wade – May 10 at a local hospital COLLIER,  Mrs. Daisy – May 14 at a local infirmary COPELAND, Rev. Thornton – May 16 at a hospital in Detroit, Mich. CROOK, Mrs. Katie […]

Video: Sheryll Cashin

Sheryl Cashin, a law professor at Georgetown University and author of the book, The Agitator’s Daughter, was recently in Nashville to discuss her book.  A descendant of Herschel Cashin, Sheryl’s extended family tree includes some people mentioned here on this blog. Several of her family members (including both of her parents) were Fiskites her aunt […]