Newspaper Clippings – Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872

28 Dec

I came across this mention of Ripley, TN in the Nashville Union and American newspaper from July 3, 1872.

Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872

Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872

 

I’m interested in learning more about the Benevolent Society of Ripley and the role they played in the Black community.

– Tiffany
Source: Nashville Union and American Newspaper July 3, 1872 edition

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2 Responses to “Newspaper Clippings – Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872”

  1. John Shaw March 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    The Benevolent Society seems to have been founded in Memphis. There a number of chapters were mentioned, each with a chapter number, such as Number 1, Number 2, etc. They participated in the parades on special occasions, such as Decoration Day, the Fourth of July and Emancipation Day. Later, there were chapters in Shelby County called the Social Benevolent Society, but I am not sure if that was the same group or a different one. The latter group was known for sponsoring picnics with fife and drum bands, and using the drums to alert members that someone in the society was sick or had passed away. Men in the organization called marshals would ride (originally on horseback) to the other members to give the reason for the “alarming of the drum.”

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    […] A while back I posted a newspaper clipping from the Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872 edition mentioning that the African Americans in Ripley had gotten together to form a Union League/Benevolent Society. You can find the original article here -> Newspaper Clippings – Nashville Union and American July 3, 1872. […]

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