2 Years Into This

26 Aug

I am happy to say that this past July 25 marked my 2 year anniversary of having this blog. When I first started this blog it was out of frustration and curiosity. I was trying to do my family’s genealogy and place them into the context of local history, but I had no idea what African Americans were doing in Ripley at the time. There were a few books out there, but none of them discussed African American life in West Tennessee in any detail. I got the majority of what I know from my Mother in Law who without a doubt is my biggest inspiration for what I do here. I can still remember the looks I got when I would go into the genealogy room of the library there. I even recall when someone at the the library asked me why I would want to know who owned my family in a very negative way, but I didn’t let that stop me.

I can say that this last year I have experienced a tremendous amount of growth. I redesigned the blog, purchased the domain name, printed my first business cards and really began to treat this as a second job and not just a hobby. I truly thank each and every one of you who have stopped by, commented, or emailed. There are so many more stories to share about African American life in Ripley and I cannot do it without each one of you who are kind enough to share what you know.

Goals for the Next Year:

1.) I plan to really step up the Saving our Stories part of the website. It got a little side tracked by my summer research travel, but its going to make a come back!

2.) I plan to do more with mapping. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to map the locations of former plantations? Using what I learned this summer at Virginia Tech I hope to make some progress on this.

3.) I plan to focus more on Henning. There is something about Henning that really has a hold on me.

4.) Who knows? But I am sure I will come up with another goal.


Again, I really, really appreciate my readers. Keep asking me questions. The more we collaborate the more information we can gather and provide for future generations.


As always, if you have a story to share please feel free to drop me a line at Tiffany @blackripley.com (remove the space between the y in Tiffany and the @ sign).

– Tiffany


4 Responses to “2 Years Into This”

  1. Aisha NolaDarling Raison August 27, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Look into the Massacre of Ft. Pillow and start from there….Fulton/Ft Pillow is where most of my ancestors are from…I can trace as far as the Civil War with the info I got years ago from my parents and some of the records I found.

    • Ethel Spivey August 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      I grew up with my family on a plantation just at the extension of Lake Drive St. in Ripley,, known as Scott Lawn Plantation. We were sharecroppers until the late 1970’s..A lot of locals are unaware of this plantation. My siblings and I have some stories for you, when and if you have the time. Be Blessed!

      • Tiffany August 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        Thanks for commeting. Every time I drive down Lake Drive I always try my hardest to catch a glimpse of Scott Lawn. I will definitely be in touch.

  2. Deborah k johnson October 27, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    I so love your research I’m learning more and more about the city that I was raised in I love Lauderdale County and I’m eager to know more I will be a continuous follower of your learning and pray that I too can give some insight to the things I knew growing up in that area thanks for your good work and you long hours of investigating that little town call Ripley Tennessee better known as Lauderdale County

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