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Family, Wessyngton and Slavery

A family reunion at Wessyngton. This family is one of many whose descendants were held in slavery there. PHOTO: John Baker By 1850, about one in five Tennesseans was held against their will, forced to live as a slave. For many years, history boo…

Henry Timberlake

Click HERE for a worksheet that you can use with both this and the Fort Loudoun virtual tour. This display at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C., shows what Timberlake and Chief Ostenaco might have looked like on their trip to Lon…

Highlander

This photo, taken by an FBI agent, shows Martin Luther King Jr., Pete Seeger,Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy at Highlander in 1957. PHOTO: Highlander Research and Education Center When people think of the Civil Rights Movement, they often think of …

Ida B. Wells

Some of Ida B. Wells' descendants visit a post office named for her in Holly Springs, Mississippi Ida B. Wells was born in Mississippi and lived almost half of her life in Illinois. But along the way she spent time in Memphis, and it was ther…

James K. Polk

One of the few photographs ever taken of President and Mrs. James K. Polk PHOTO: Polk Ancestral Home James K. Polk accomplished much during his four-year term as America's eleventh president. He acquired more than a million square miles of la…