Francis Nash, Nashville, Tennessee

The Founding Of Nashville Tennessee

In 1689, Martin Chartier, a French fur trader, became one of the first Europeans to enter the Nashville area. While living in the United States he helped build the first French Fort in Illinois. Ironically, Martin led a mutiny against the Fort and burners it to the ground because of concerns over Indian attacks on villages during the French and Iroquois Wars. While Martin had not established a good relationship with Iroquois tribes, he did spend time living amongst the Shawnee Native Americans.

Nashville was named for Francis Nash, a Brigadier General in the American Revolutionary War who was born in Prince Edward County of Virginia. In 1779, the town of Nashville, Tennessee was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men. The town was located near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough.

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The National Civil Rights Musuem

The National Civil Rights Musuem is in Memphis, Tennessee and was established in July 4, 1991 due to the efforts of the Lorraine Civil Rights Musuem Foundation after the assassination of Martin Luther, Junior in 1968.

The National Civil Rights musuem is a collection of buildings, with the original one being the Marquette Hotel that was built in 1925. Walter Bailey, who became the second owner of the hotel in 1945, changed it to the Lorraine Hotel after his wife Loree and the song, “Sweet Lorraine”.

The Lorraine Hotel foreclosed in the 1980s, and the last tenant of the Hotel moved out in 1988, paving the way for the structure to become a musuem honoring Martin Luther King, Junior and his followers.

The museum features information regarding the investigation of Martin Luther King’s killer.

The walls on the buildings surrounding the civil rights musuem have murals with the statement popular with the movement in the 1960s, “I Am A Man”.

Hernando De Soto, Memphis, Tennessee

The Founding Of Memphis Tennessee

When the explorer Hernando De Soto and his army arrived in 1541, they were the first Europeans set their settlements at the Fourth Chickasaw Buff, bear the site of the future city of Memphis.

The City Of Memphis Tennessee was founded in 1819 by Andrew Jackson, John Overton and Andrew Jackson. The three men decided to name the town Memphis after the ancient capital of Egypt which lay in the Nile River.

You can find more on the history of the founding of the city in Memphis Travel.

Little Rock Nine Central High School

Little Rock Nine Central High School

The children of Little Rock Nine Central High School were part of the boiling point of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Congress has authorized the Little Rock Nine Central High School as a National Monument. The U.S. National Park Service manages the school in present day.

Author’s Note:

In February 2018, after my cross country trip, I met Ricki Stevenson who is a direct descendant of one of the members of Little Rock Nine.