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Brentwood in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery

 
 
Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 9, 2020
1. Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  A short distance east of this marker is the site of the Midway Plantation slave cemetery which holds the remains of many of the African Americans who labored on the 1,000 acre plantation in the bonds of slavery during the mid-nineteenth century. By 1850 some 38 slaves toiled on the plantation and through their efforts Lysander McGavock's Midway thrived and boasted of 600 acres of improved farmland and produced cash crops of corn and tobacco.
 
Erected 1992.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 36° 0.875′ N, 86° 48.617′ W. Marker is in Brentwood, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Murray Lane, half a mile west of Franklin Road (U.S. 31), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5150 Murray Ln, Brentwood TN 37027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountview (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Stone Box Indian Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); Owen Chapel
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(approx. one mile away); Brentwood United Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); The WSM Tower (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lipscomb Elementary School (approx. 1˝ miles away); WSM Broadcasting Transmitter & Antenna (approx. 1˝ miles away); Mooreland (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brentwood.
 
Also see . . .  Brentwood Country Club history. From the country club's website. It now occupies part of the former plantation, including the mansion. (Submitted on May 11, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Erecting organization information
The erecting organization information appears to have been removed from the marker. Based on characteristics, this does not appear to be from the Tennesee Historical Commission.
    — Submitted May 12, 2020.
 
Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 9, 2020
2. Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery Marker
Obelisk in the Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 9, 2020
3. Obelisk in the Midway Plantation Slave Cemetery
Commemorative obelisk that reads: The city of Brentwood restored this cemetery to honor the unsung heroes who came from Africa and labored on the Midway Plantation in the 1850's. They survived the horrors of the Middle Passage, endured the shackles of slavery, raised their children, honored their parents and worked hard to make America a better place. We deeply appreciate their contributions to the world.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 720 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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