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Nathan Bedford Forrest

A statue of Nathan Forrest in Memphis Nathan Bedford Forrest was once described by Union General William Sherman as “the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side.” He may also be the most controversial person in Ameri…

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt PHOTO: University of Tennessee Pat Summitt was one of the greatest coaches of all-time, in any sport and at any level. She was born in tiny Henrietta, Tennessee, and attended Cheatham County Central High School and the University of T…

Perry Wallace

Wallace grabs a rebound PHOTO: Vanderbilt University By now you are used to the idea that there are black and white athletes on every college and pro sports team. But it used to be that there were all-white teams and leagues, and all-black t…

Robert Church

Robert Church Sr. PHOTO: Pink Palace Museum Robert Church Sr. was born a slave but by the end of his life had become the South's wealthiest African-American man. Robert Church, W.C. Handy and George Lee PHOTO: Memphis/Shelby County Room L…

Roy Acuff

Roy Acuff PHOTO: Country Music Foundation In the 1940s and 1950s few Americans were better known than Maynardville, Tennessee, native Roy Acuff. He started as a baseball player, but then an injury cut short his career and he began playing the fi…