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Stories From Da Dirt

Stories From Da Dirt is a living history dramatic presentation which was researched and written and by African American Studies professor, Dr. Nancy J. Dawson. The paly utilizes music, dance and storytelling to tell the story of African Americans (men and women) who went to Fort Donelson (Dover, TN) as laborers, cooks, nurses and soldiers. Specifically, the play focuses on several families who lived near the Fort who still have connections to the area. Several of the soldiers of the military from the 8th USCT enlisted at Fort Donelson as early as 1864. Some of the soldiers actually escaped from local farms and came to Fort Donelson to enlist. Much of the research gathered for the production is directly from pensions and military records obtained by Dr. Dawson at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Music is Spirit, POB 20412, Clarksville, Montgomery, 37042

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Nancy Dawson

Location Type: Program

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Civil War United States Colored Troops