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

William Bennett Scott, Sr.

ca. 1821 - 1885

William Bennett Scott, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, August 16, 2012
1. William Bennett Scott, Sr. Marker
Inscription. William B. Scott, Sr., a free Black, migrated to East Tennessee in 1847 after increased racial tension in North Carolina. He made harnesses and saddles in Blount County’s Quaker community of Friendsville until the Civil War. In Knoxville, during the War, Scott learned the trade of printing. Later moving to Nashville, in April 1865 he founded The Colored Tennessean, the first newspaper for African Americans in Tennessee. In 1867, he moved his press to Maryville.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1E 109.)
Location. 35° 45.144′ N, 83° 58.252′ W. Marker is in Maryville, Tennessee, in Blount County. Marker is at the intersection of West Lamar Alexander Parkway (U.S. 321) and Cates Street, on the right when traveling east on West Lamar Alexander Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Maryville TN 37801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Providence Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montvale Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pride Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Relief of Knoxville (approx. ¼ mile away); Where Houston Enlisted (approx. ¼ mile away); Maryville During the Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maryville College (approx. half a mile away); John Craig's Fort (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maryville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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