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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jackson, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Madison County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Madison County, TN (59) Carroll County, TN (23) Chester County, TN (9) Crockett County, TN (6) Gibson County, TN (20) Hardeman County, TN (17) Haywood County, TN (14) Henderson County, TN (56)  MadisonCounty(59) Madison County (59)  CarrollCounty(23) Carroll County (23)  ChesterCounty(9) Chester County (9)  CrockettCounty(6) Crockett County (6)  GibsonCounty(20) Gibson County (20)  HardemanCounty(17) Hardeman County (17)  HaywoodCounty(14) Haywood County (14)  HendersonCounty(56) Henderson County (56)
Location of Jackson, Tennessee
    Madison County (59)
    Carroll County (23)
    Chester County (9)
    Crockett County (6)
    Gibson County (20)
    Hardeman County (17)
    Haywood County (14)
    Henderson County (56)
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1Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 22 — Adam Huntsman
Coming to Tennessee from his native Virginia about 1807, he was a prominent figure for five terms in the State Senate between 1815 and 1829. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1834, and defeated David Crockett for Congress in 1835. . . . Map (db m61201) HM
2Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Andersons & Claytons Memorial
Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1878 - 1939 Benefactor Of Medicine and Mankind Born in Jackson at 111 E. Orleans St. Banker with Peoples Savings Bank Founding Partner of Anderson, Clayton & Co. in 1904. Opened Anderson, Clayton's . . . Map (db m66755) HM
3Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Austin Raymond Merry — 1854 - 1920
When the Jackson school system organized in 1879, the first black educator and principal hired was Austin Raymond Merry. Professor Merry pioneered the development of the first school for African Americans in Madison County. He established the South . . . Map (db m67002) HM
4Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Battle of Salem Cemetery — Surprise Attack — Forrest's Second Tennessee Raid —
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid through West Tennessee, Dec. 15, 1962-Jan 3, 1863, destroying railroads and severing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's supply line between Columbus, Kentucky, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Forrest . . . Map (db m62189) HM
5Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Bemis United Methodist Church
Built by J. M. Bemis, Boston, MA. Founder of the Bemis Cotton Mill Design - Old English architecture Built of materials shipped from Boston Dedicated as a Union church April 19, 1908 J. B. Young, first manager of Bemis Mill, served as . . . Map (db m156583) HM
6Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 37 — Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923
William E. Butler, who served as Surgeon-General to Andrew Jackson in New Orleans, owned a race track located on this block. Jackson and his wife, Rachel Donelson Jackson, attended races here in 1825. In 1843 Dr. Butler donated the site for a school . . . Map (db m61153) HM
7Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 34 — Camp Beauregard
Among the Confederate units activated and trained in the staging area which stood here were the 6th Tenn. Infantry (Stephens), 9th Tenn. Infantry (Douglass), 12th Tenn. Infantry (Russell), 13th Tenn. Infantry (Wright), and 15th Tenn. Infantry . . . Map (db m61157) HM
8Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 46 — Campbell's Levee Bridge
(obverse) The Campbell's Levee Bridge, built by the Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana, in 1920-21 for the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, once spanned this stream. This bridge was located on the important . . . Map (db m61163) HM
9Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 54 — Carl Lee Perkins — 1932-1998
Called the "Rockabilly King" and a "Rock 'n' Roll architect", singer-songwriter Carl Perkins was born in Lake County on April 9, 1932. In 1955, he wrote and recorded the celebrated rock 'n' roll classic, "Blue Suede Shoes." A powerful artist, he . . . Map (db m82245) HM
10Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 39 — Cotton Grove
In 1819 several families formed the first settlement in what was to be known as Madison County 2.1 miles west on the Cotton Grove Road. Said road was ordered built this same year. In 1821 the first cotton in the county was grown here. A post office . . . Map (db m61202) HM
11Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — David Crockett
. . . Map (db m87533) HM
12Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 51 — First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, which was organized in 1823, is Jackson's oldest church. The first church edifice was built in 1832 at Main and Church Street, remaining there for 120 years. In 1952, the church moved to this site. Know as Willow Banks, it . . . Map (db m51257) HM
13Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 56 — First United Methodist Church
In 1826, the Reverend Thomas Neely organized Jackson's First Methodist Church. Its first house of worship was built in 1831 on the southeast corner of Church and Chester Streets. During the Civil War, Union forces used the church's 1851 edifice as a . . . Map (db m51371) HM
14Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — General Ulysses S. Grant
Headquarters in 1862 for General Grant until skirmishes in the area led his troops to the Battle of Shiloh.Map (db m66399) HM
15Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 55 — Historic Bemis
Side 1 Founded in 1900 by Judson Moss Bemis, president of Bemis Brothers Bag Company. Bemis was a cotton mill town, planned by Albert Farwell Bemis and renowned architects Andrew Hepburn and Arthur Shurcliff. A self-contained town, Bemis . . . Map (db m82246) HM
16Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 32 — Home of Casey Jones
This is the house where John Luther Jones was living, at the time of his death at the throttle of his engine, “Old 382”, at Vaughan, Miss., April 30, 1900. A folk song has immortalized his name. "All the switchmen knew by the . . . Map (db m52571) HM
17Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — In Memory Of Merry Boy — 1925 - 1958 — A Great Tennessee Walking Horse —
Sire of World Grand Champion Black Angel Sire of World Grand Champion Merry Go Boy Merry Go Boy was eight times World Champion and two times World Grand Champion Sire of Merry Walker The Dam Of two World Grand Champions, Go Boy's Shadow and . . . Map (db m57230) HM
18Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Jackson — Railroad Gateway to Deep South — Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —
(In Yellow) Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid through West Tennessee, Dec. 15, 1862 - Jan. 3, 1863, destroying railroads and severing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's supply line between Columbus, Kentucky, and Vicksburg, . . . Map (db m70959) HM
19Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 19 — Jackson Spoke Here
Here in a grove, Oct. 8, 1840, Andrew Jackson spoke before about 10,000 enthusiastic listeners. Accompanied by James K. Polk and Felix Grundy, he was honor guest at a barbecue. Veterans of the War of 1812, welcomed him upon his second visit.Map (db m51373) HM
20Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Jackson's First Free Library
Built by grant from Andrew CarnegieMap (db m168808) HM
21Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 44 — John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
"Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914 - 1948), the music innovator responsible for the acceptance of the harmonica as an authentic blues tool, is buried in old Blair's Chapel CME Cemetery, 5 miles southwest. The most influential blues harmonica player of his . . . Map (db m51375) HM
22Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 21 — John Luther Jones
Born, ~1864, in Missouri, he spent his youth in Cayce, Ky., whence the nickname, "Casey". An engineer on the Illinois Central RR, he was killed in a wreck at Vaughan, Miss., Apr. 29, 1900. He is buried here. The folksong originally sung by Wallace . . . Map (db m51268) HM
23Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 11 — John Murrell
8 mi. S. lived the notorious bandit and outlaw, born 1804 in Williamson Co. Leader of the “Mystic Clan”, he fomented slave insurrections and terrorized the lower Mississippi valley for years. He died at Pikeville in 1844 after serving a . . . Map (db m53145) HM
24Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Jones' Anglewood — Established in 1924
(obverse) Home of William Norwood and Bessie Mae Jones This marker is dedicated in special honor and memory of Mary Ruth daughter and sister 1924 to 2003, who had special love for this home living here until her death. Also . . . Map (db m66001)
25Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 30 — Lambuth College
Chartered in 1843 as the Memphis Conference Female Institute by the Memphis Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, its first president was Dr.Lorenzo Lea. It became coeducational and received its present name in 1923. shortly thereafter it moved to . . . Map (db m52296) HM
26Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 31 — Lane College
Founded, 1882, by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of America, as a high school, under direction of Bishop Isaac Lane, with his daughter as principal. It became Lane Institute in 1883. Its first president, Rev. T. F. Saunders, served from 1887 . . . Map (db m61158) HM
27Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Large Oak Tree — Battle of Salem Cemetery — CSA: 1861-1865 —
It was at this point on December 19, 1862, that Colonel Engelmann (US) ambushed a column of Forrest's Cavalry (CS). They were forced to retreat out of rifle range after suffering a substantial loss. Their artillery was brought up and shelled the . . . Map (db m82206) HM
28Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Lynching in America / Lynching in Madison County — Community Remembrance Project
Lynching in America Thousands of African Americans were victims of lynching and racial violence in the United States between the Civil War and World War II. The lynching of African Americans during this era was a form of racial terrorism . . . Map (db m168751) HM
29Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 63 — Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith
Born circa 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee, "Big Maybelle" became a powerful Rhythm & Blues Singer. With her emotive delivery, and as one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s, she served as an essential link between raucous 1950s R&B and the soul . . . Map (db m137020) HM
30Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Madison County Confederate Monument
(North face) To the Confederate dead of Madison Co. (West face) Federal records show they had from first to last two million six hundred thousand men in service, while the Confederates all told had but little over six hundred . . . Map (db m169333) WM
31Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Madison County Memorial Flame
This flame dedicated to veterans of all wars who paid the supreme sacrificeMap (db m168929) WM
32Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Madison County World War I Memorial Fountain
(Side 1) This fountain is erected by the surgical dressings workers of the World War in admiration of the living and to honor the dead who answered their country's call. 1917-1918 Rosa Mercer Armstrong • Emma Collins Blackard • . . . Map (db m168781) WM
33Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 43 — Merry High School
With the addition of the twelfth grade in 1922 the South Jackson School on Church Street, the city's only secondary school for black youth, was renamed Merry High School in honor of Austin Raymond Merry (1856-1921), the principal who had pioneered . . . Map (db m61159) HM
34Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 60 — Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1873-1939 / Anderson, Clayton & Company
(obverse) Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1873-1939 Monroe Dunaway Anderson is known as the “father” of the Texas Medical Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He was born 29 June 1873 on McNairy Hill at . . . Map (db m62202) HM
35Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 40 — Mother Liberty CME Church
On December 15, 1870, in Jackson, the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The first official CME Church, "Mother Liberty," which stood one block west, was . . . Map (db m158684) HM
36Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Occupation of Jackson — The Union Army in West Tennessee
Confederate troops evacuated Jackson on June 7, 1862, after devastating defeats at Fort Donelson and Shiloh. In the afternoon, the 78th Ohio and 30th Illinois Infantry under Union Gen. John McClernand occupied the town. The 700 Federals seized both . . . Map (db m155290) HM
37Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4 D 18 — Port Jackson
Three-quarters of a mile southeast, on the bank of the Forked Deer River was the little river port of Jackson, at first called Alexandria, from which cotton was shipped on flat-boats and small steamboats to Memphis and New Orleans during the early . . . Map (db m61178) HM
38Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Reelfoot and Laughing Eyes
Ellis Truett and the Late J. Harry Smith had these concrete busts made about 1954-55. Memphis Concrete Products produced them from molds made by the Memphis Academy of Arts. They weigh 550 lbs. for the male and 500 for the female. Named Chief . . . Map (db m106573) HM
39Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 33 — Riverside Cemetery
Established in 1830, many of the region's pioneers are buried here. Included are veterans of all wars from the Revolution to World War II. In two sections lie unnamed Confederate soldiers who participated in the defense of Jackson during the War . . . Map (db m51962) HM
40Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 50 — Skirmish At Carroll Station — December 19, 1862
Here on a bitterly cold morning of December 19,1862, while General N.B. Forrest (C.S.A.) fought at Salem Cemetery seven miles southeast, Colonel G.G. Dibrell's 8th Tennessee Cavalry regiment was sent to interrupt Federal reinforcement from the . . . Map (db m36394) HM
41Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Organized July 23rd, 1832 One of the oldest Episcopal churches in West TennesseeMap (db m168795) HM
42Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 47 — The Battle of Salem Cemetery
Here on December 19,1862, Confederate forces under the command of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest fought Union forces commanded by Colonel Adolph Engelmann. After a cavalry charge was repulsed, the Confederate artillery forced the retreat of the Federals, . . . Map (db m62188) HM
43Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 42 — The Electro Chalybeate Well
Thousands visited this artesian well in the early 1900s to drink its mineral water believed to cure stomach, liver and kidney ailments. It and the adjacent Water Plant, built in 1885, were part of 54 acre Lancaster Park which also included a zoo, a . . . Map (db m51374) HM
44Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — The Jackson Memorial Carillon and Carillon Tower at First Presbyterian Church
Conceived by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Pigford, the Jackson Memorial Carillon was erected by members of the First Presbyterian Church and citizens of Jackson and Madison County in honor of those who served their country in the two world conflicts, . . . Map (db m168911) HM WM
45Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — This Log Cabin was from Henderson County
And owned and used by Augustin P. Libscomb and son, Henry C. (Grandparents of Mrs. F.H. Thomas) (1843-1902) 59 years. and F.H. "Feak" Thomas and son, John R. (1902-1973) 71 years Before it was sold to Dr. George Edwards in 1973 Who donated it . . . Map (db m106574) HM
46Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — 4D 52 — Union University
Union University is an heir of West Tennessee College, chartered in 1844; its predecessor, Jackson Male Academy established in 1823: and Union University, a Baptist College at Murfreesboro chartered in 1842. In 1873, the colleges merged in Jackson . . . Map (db m168923) HM
47Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Unknown Sentry Stands Guard
This unknown sentry stands guard over hallow ground in honor to the brave American soldiers who fought and breathed their last in mortal battle Dec. 19, 1862. Sponsored by Salem Cemetery Battlefield Assn. and the family of Civil War vet., Pvt. Smith . . . Map (db m74873) WM
48Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — Willow Banks / Chevy Chase
On this site stood Willow Banks, the 1824 home of William H. Stephens, prominent attorney, banker and colonel of the 6th Tennessee Infantry, CSA. A new home on the site, Chevy Chase, was built in 1915 by Clarence Pigford and donated to the First . . . Map (db m168904) HM
49Tennessee (Madison County), Jackson — World War I Memorial Fountain
Originally located on the sidewalk near the northeast corner of Courthouse Square, this drinking fountain was made by the J. L. Mott Iron Factory of New York. It was given in 1922 to the citizens of Madison County by the Surgical Dressings Workers . . . Map (db m168779) HM
Apr. 19, 2021