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Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley PHOTO: Bryn Mawr College Anne Dudley was a wealthy Nashville woman who lived when women weren’t allowed to vote. She decided to do something about it, and for much of her life she was one of the leaders in the movement to give w…

Austin Peay

Austin Peay Austin Peay was governor of Tennessee from 1923 to 1927. As such, he may have done more to reform state government than any other governor in Tennessee history. When Peay took office, Tennessee had only 244 miles of paved roads (most…

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith PHOTO: Carl Van Vechten Known as the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith influenced entire generations of blues, jazz, and rock musicians and was the highest-paid black entertainer of her time. Born in 1892 in Chattanooga…

Carl Rowan

Carl Rowan PHOTO: U.S. Department of State Carl Rowan was one of the most famous African-American journalists of the late twentieth century. He was born in Ravenscroft--a now abandoned mining community in White County--and grew up in extreme pov…

Casey Jones

Casey Jones drives a train PHOTO: Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum Casey Jones was a folk hero from Jackson, Tennessee, about whom songs have been written and TV shows produced. When he was 16 years old, Jones started working for railroads--…