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Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dunbar Cave

There is Power in a Name

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 4, 2022
1. Dunbar Cave Marker
Inscription.  Whether it is a name we are given, or one we choose for ourselves, names are one of the important parts of human identity. Below are the names of enslaved people on the plantation that included Dunbar Cave. As you read their names, think about their connection to this landscape.

• Emperor – Barker purchased Emperor in October 1842. He died on January 19, 1843.
• Mahala – Barker sold Mahala to Bernard Edwards on September 27, 1848.
• Folly – Barker sold Folly to Tom Lee on December 16, 1848.
• Ennis – Barker purchased Ennis from H.P. Marr on October 23, 1849.
• Albert – Barker purchased Albert from McKoin for $700 on November 3, 1849.
• Georgia Ann – Barker sold Georgia Ann to Snaden for $212 on December 13, 1849.
• Elias – Elias was hung in Clarksville on April 7, 1855. He was falsely charged with rape.
• Amy – Barker sold Amy to Col. G. Vaughan for $300 on February 4, 1856.
• Grace – Left the Barker plantation on December 31, 1867.
• Lucy Jane – The daughter of Grace. She was born on the Barker plantation in 1859.
• Ephraim – Joined the USCT on March 13, 1862.
• Taylor – Left
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the Barker plantation on May 7, 1863.
• Charles – Left the Barker plantation on May 25, 1863.
• Ely – Left the Barker plantation on May 25, 1863.
• Mildred – Mildred and her child left the Barker plantation on May 25, 1863.
• Kane – Barker sold Kane to Darden for $1,000 (C.S. dollars) on June 23, 1863.
• Jimmy – Barker sold Jimmy to Darden for $1,000 (C.S. dollars) on June 23, 1863.
• Major – Joined the USCT on October 5, 1863.
• Alfred Barker – Joined the USCT on October 5, 1863.
• Wyatt Barker – Joined the USCT on October 5, 1863.
• Isham – Joined the USCT on October 5, 1863.
• Harbest – Was an elder among the enslaved community.
• Stephen – Was an elder among the enslaved community.
• Anthony – Was an elder among the enslaved community.
• Shelby – Left the Barker plantation on October 11, 1863.
• Black Sooky – Left the Barker plantation on January 24, 1864.
• Colin – On January 27, 1864, Colin was 14 years old and threatened to shoot his enslaver, John Barker.
• Gilford – Left the Barker plantation on February 9, 1864.
• Daphney – Left the Barker plantation on February 9, 1864.
• George – Left the Barker plantation on February 9, 1864.
• Henry – Broke into Barker's storeroom and workhouse on August 20, 1864, causing a scare and taking supplies.
• John – Mentioned as help on January
Dunbar Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 4, 2022
2. Dunbar Cave Marker
Featured marker is on the right.
19, 1865.
• Nellie – Left the Barker plantation on July 10, 1865.
• Eliza – With her family, Eliza left John Barker's residence on January 10, 1866, as a “Freedwoman.” John wrote in his journal: “May God's blessing attend them.”
• Clara – Died on August 13, 1867.
 
Erected 2021 by Tennessee State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1843.
 
Location. 36° 33.031′ N, 87° 18.309′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Dunbar Cave Road and Dunbar Cave Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near Swan Lake in Dunbar Cave State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville TN 37043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Affricanna Town (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Dunbar Cave (a few steps from this marker); The Three Sisters Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Dunbar Cave (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Affricanna Town (within shouting distance of this marker); 1933 Swimming Pool & Bathhouse
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roy Acuff (about 400 feet away); Wetland (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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