African American Heritage

African Americans stand in front of their cabin in this 1890's photo.

Photographer: Albert Kern
Courtesy of Dayton History

From the depths of slavery through their continuing struggle for freedom and equality, the stories of African Americans can be found throughout the landscapes of Stones River National Battlefield. We invite you to discover these stories for yourself and find greater meaning in the terrible carnage wrought during the Battle of Stones River.

1934 Photo of African American church and home in the Cemetery Community

February 6, 2016 - Rising From The Ashes: A Tour of the Cemetery Community

Board a bus and explore areas in and outside the park as we learn how newly free people came together to for a community that shaped their lives and the landscape where the Battle of Stones River raged for nearly seventy years. Tours will start at the park visitor center at 10 AM and 1 PM, and will include presentations from past and present representatives of the Cemetery Community.

Stones River National Cemetery - 1865

Saturday February 20, 2016 - Hallowed Grounds: Site of African American Memory

Explore the Cemetery Community story from its Civil War roots to the present through music, art, drama and words.

Program Schedule

10 AM - Opening Ceremony

10:15 AM - Music - Albert Richardson

10: 45 AM - Music - William Verge

11:15 AM - Dramatic Presentation - Life Beyond Jordan

2 PM - Music - Darryl L. Chaney &Christ Fellowship Chorale

2:30 PM - Music - The Bingham Sisters

3 PM - Dramatic Presentation - Life Beyond Jordan

We also invite visitors to enjoy ongoing presentations located in and near the visitor center from 10 AM through 3 PM.

Cemetery Community Conversations - Museum Galleries

Meet Lenora "Boe" Washington and Anthony King, listen to their stories about growing up in the Cemtery Community, and ask them questions.

Fighting For Freedom - United States Colored Troop Camp

Local African American Art Exhibit - Visitor Center Lobby

Freed slaves thank President Lincoln for the Emancipation Proclamation.

Ask about our special activity book for young visitors.

Last updated: February 3, 2016

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