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

Natchez Street Community / Baptist Neck

Natchez Street Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Natchez Street Community Marker

Natchez Street Community
After the Civil War, Natchez Street became Franklin’s primary African-American community. Black businesses included: Undertakers J.T. Patton, Maggie Betsy Prince, Henry Ewing; Plumber Morton Thomas; Plasterer Bud Cheatham; Bricklayers Son Scruggs, Albert Blakey; Barbers J.D. Short, W.A. Williams, Jack and McPhail Scruggs; Beauticians Louise Moore, Fred Redmond ; Douglas Cab and Barber Shop, Taxi service Fred Williams, Exsler Jordan, Mack Thomas; Tailor Robert Murdick; Grocers George Kinnard, “Pokey” Morton, Ben Lee Hughes, Rob Holmes, Bubba Gentry; Boardinghouse owners Sam Lee Johnson, Tom James, Mary Jane Otey, Tom Williams; Restaurateurs Wm. Redmond, John and Kate Patton & Bowman Gentry; Gem Theater, Tuxedo Club.

Baptist Neck
Baptist Neck derives its name from the bend in the road along 9th Ave. South and the First Missionary Baptist Church, which located here in 1871. Before 1819 and the building of West Main Street through Hincheyville, the original Natchez Trail bisected 5 Points, extended out the Carter's Creek Pike to Southall and connected with the Trace at
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Hillsboro. Providence United Primitive Baptist Church located here in 1883 and Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church, first organized on 2nd Ave. South in 1873, moved here “brick by brick” in 1925. Prominent resident ministers were Rev. Willie Wilson, Rev. W. Henry Brown, Rev. Joe David Moore, Rev. J. T. Moore and Elder Patrick Bedford. Resident physicians were Drs. A. F. McCoy, R. L. Washington, J. W. Hudson, C. C. Johnson, A. H. McBroom.
Erected 2003 by Natchez Place Association; Williamson County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionRoads & VehiclesScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee – Williamson County Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 35° 55.274′ N, 86° 52.451′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is at the intersection of Natchez Street and Acton Street on Natchez Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hearn-McNeely House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boxmere (about 400 feet away); Campbell-Westbrook House (1828) (about 400 feet away); McLemore-Apple House
Baptist Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 6, 2021
2. Baptist Neck Marker
(about 500 feet away); House - Rhodes House (about 500 feet away); 810 West Main Street (about 600 feet away); Green-Moore House (about 700 feet away); Turley-Marshall House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Natchez Street Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
3. Natchez Street Community Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on February 8, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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