City of Franklin installs Fuller Story markers at downtown courthouse to add historic context

The city of Franklin’s downtown square now has new historic markers to help give context to events from the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.

New markers were installed Oct. 17 to add the stories of African Americans before, during and after the Civil War. The installation comes after the markers were initially approved earlier this year by the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

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

Throughout 2018, the group worked with the city and history advocacy groups to determine how best to add more information while maintaining the existing markers. The markers will now feature content about African American troops who served in the U.S. Army; an 1867 race riot in Franklin; Reconstruction following the Civil War; and the market house where slave markets were held.

The language on the markers was approved by multiple historians, according to City Administrator Eric Stuckey.
By 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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