Franklin approves placement of new African-American historical markers

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The city of Franklin’s historic downtown district will have new markers following unanimous approval from the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Feb. 26.

The markers are the result of efforts from The Fuller Story, an community initiative brought to the board by a group of residents dedicated to telling a broader story of Franklin’s history during the Civil War to include the stories of African-Americans and slave trading in the area.

Throughout 2018, the group worked with the city and historic groups to determine how best to add more information while keeping existing markers. The markers will feature African-American troops that served in the U.S. Army, the 1867 riot, Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the market house where slave markets were held.

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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