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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…

Sam Davis

The Sam Davis statue at the State Capitol Sam Davis is known as the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." He was born in Rutherford County, and went to military school in Nashville. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted with the Confederac…

Sam Houston

Sam Houston PHOTO: Library of Congress Sam Houston was a big, strong man, but many of his biographies say that he was afraid of the dark. He also became governor of two American states even though he seemed to prefer Native American culture over …