Archive | June, 2013

Lost Ripley – Lauderdale High School

22 Jun

Lauderdale High School was originally known as the Lauderdale County Training School. It was a school only for African Americans in Ripley and it dates back to the early 1900s and perhaps even earlier. The last graduating class of the school was in 1969, 15 years after Brown  vs. BOE declared separate but equal schools unconstitutional. As was the case with most schools for African Americans only it was closed and the students were sent to the previously all White Ripley High School.

Technically the building isn’t lost because it is still standing, but it is still a former shell of itself. Years ago I had read in the Lauderdale County Enterprise that there was a group trying to restore the school and turn it into an African American history museum.

I am not sure why the words “Ripley _____ High School” appear on the building. Maybe the school for African Americans was moved into the former Ripley Junior High School for Whites? Maybe the building was used as a junior high school after it ceased being Lauderdale High School?

If you would like to visit the site where African Americans in Lauderdale County were educated it is located on Spring Street.

 

Lauderdale High School

Lauderdale High School

 

– Tiffany

– Photo Source: My own

– Source: Lauderdale County Training School 1985 Reunion Booklet

Scenes from Canfield Cemetery

22 Jun

Canfield was the cemetery used by African Americans in Ripley, TN. Below are a few photos I took on my last visit. It looks to be in average shape for an older cemetery with a few recent burials.

Canfield

Canfield

Mary J and Ervin Dark

Mary J and Ervin Dark

 

Samuel Halfacre

Samuel Halfacre

 

Arch and Ester Henning

Arch and Ester Henning

Laura and Will GIldon

Laura and Will GIldon

Chaney Jeroe

Chaney Jeroe

 

– Tiffany

– Photo Sources: My Own

Newspaper Clippings – Nashville Union and American September 17, 1873

6 Jun
Nashville Union and American 09 17, 1873

Nashville Union and American 09 17, 1873

 

 

 

Oh Eli….there are better ways to work out your domestic issues. Thank goodness no one was killed by his antics. I discovered this article about an ancestor of mine while looking for newspaper clippings for this website awhile back. It is always interesting to discover new information about your family when you aren’t looking for it.

 

 

– Tiffany

– Source: Nashville Union and American September 17, 1873 edition

Programming Note

6 Jun

Hello everyone,

I am spending my summer traveling doing research, so the posts on the site will not be as frequent. As always if you have any stories that you would like to share on the blog, please feel free to send me an email at tiffany@blackripley.com .

 

 

Thanks for understanding,

 

Tiffany