“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gray in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Ford vs. Ford

Ford vs. Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Ford, 2022
1. Ford vs. Ford Marker
Inscription.  This land brought about the historic court case of Ford v. Ford. Loyd Ford (1748-1843) freed his five enslaved individuals and gave them his farm located here. His children challenged the will and the five who were freed fought the case up to the Tennessee Supreme Court. In 1846, Judge Nathan Green authored an opinion which ruled that an enslaved individual is "Not in the Condition of a horse or an ox … he is made in the image of his creator." The state's highest court recognized the enslaved humanity as both "persons and property." Those formerly enslaved won their case and kept their freedom and land. The Tennessee Supreme Court's decision affirmed the legal right of those enslaved to bring suit to probate the will.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 157.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 36° 
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25.632′ N, 82° 30.408′ W. Marker is near Gray, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is on Bob Jobe Road, 0.1 miles east of Browder Road, on the right when traveling west. Located near Gray Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 188 Bob Jobe Rd, Johnson City TN 37615, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman (approx. 2.2 miles away); Buffalo Ridge Church (approx. 3 miles away); Double Springs (approx. 3.2 miles away); Keebler-Keefauver Home (approx. 4˝ miles away); Suffering and Survival (approx. 4˝ miles away); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pactolus Ironworks (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting Grounds (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2022, by C. R. Arterburn of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 769 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2022, by C. R. Arterburn of Lexington, Kentucky. Photo   1. submitted on September 26, 2022, by C. R. Arterburn of Lexington, Kentucky. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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