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Somerville in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tent City

 
 
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By Curtis Wise, August 21, 2018
1. Tent City Marker
Inscription.  A number of black Fayette County sharecroppers who participated in a voter registration drive were evicted from their lands in 1959-60. Many of them moved to "Tent City", also called "Freedom Village", where they lived in military surplus tents furnished by a local group. The first Tent City was established on County Road 195. 5 miles southwest of Somerville: a second one was located off Highway 57, approximately 4 miles east of Moscow, Tenn.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 98.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 35° 13.246′ N, 89° 20.975′ W. Marker is in Somerville, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 76 south of LaGrange Road, on the left when traveling south. Located after a fork in road where State Route 76 and LaGrange Road split. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerville TN 38068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Organization of Fayette County (approx. 1.6
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miles away); Hardeman County/Fayette County (approx. 11 miles away); Battle of Moscow (approx. 11˝ miles away); Battle of Moscow / Union Troops of African Descent (approx. 11˝ miles away); Cypress-Davis Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 12.8 miles away); James K. Polk / James C. Jones (approx. 13.1 miles away); Dancyville United Methodist Church (approx. 13.1 miles away); Burchett Douglass (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2018, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 22, 2018, by Curtis Wise of Jackson, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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