Archive | February, 2014

Wanted – Colored Couple

24 Feb

July 6, 1917

Wanted – Colored couple to occupy servant’s house and help with work. John F. Campbell, Ripley

LC Enterprise Wanted 7-6-1916

LC Enterprise Wanted 7-6-1916

John F. Campbell was born about 1838 in North Carolina. On the 1910 census John and his wife Mary are living in Ripley and John is working in the grocery business, but there does not appear to be an African American couple living with them. They do have African American neighbors, but the male neighbor is a teacher and the female neighbor does not have a job listed. On the 1920 census he is listed as widowed and boarding in someone else’s home, so there doesn’t appear to be a clear paper trail to determining if an African American couple answered his ad or ever lived with him.


– Tiffany

Source: Lauderdale County Enterprise, July 6, 1917 edition


Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple

11 Feb

This morning I was driving in to the office and heard on NPR that Shirley Temple had passed. They also played a clip where she described Bill “Bojangles” Robinson as her best friend as a child and credited him with teaching her everything she knew about dancing. I thought about Robinson’s connection to Ripley and searched for a scene from one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies. Enjoy.




– Tiffany

Black History Month

2 Feb

Happy Black History Month!

I’ve started this month by changing the format of the “Saving Our Stories” page. The “Saving our Stories” page can be seen at the top right of your screen next to the “About” page. Click the link and you will now be taken to a form where you can submit your stories and recollections of life in Ripley, TN and the surrounding areas and have them come directly to me. Check it out and let me know what you think!


This month I have some great things planned so stay tuned to the website for exciting programming!