Archive | September, 2015

What I’ve Been Up To

3 Sep

If you follow the website regularly you’ll know that I am in graduate school, which explains my inconsistent posting. This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation in Nashville, TN at the site of a former plantation. It was very fulfilling work, and we recovered many artifacts. In addition, I had the opportunity to study the remaining extant slave dwellings that later became tenant farmer homes on the site. It made me wonder if any such dwellings still exist in Ripley. Has anyone seen any of these dwellings or know where a few might be hiding? Does anyone have any memories of tenant farming in the Lauderdale County area?

 

– Tiffany

Lost Ripley – Miles Chapel

3 Sep

I first featured Miles Chapel on this site under a header titled “If Walls Could Talk”. It was my way of calling attention to important African American sites in Lauderdale County. It is with great sadness that I now write about Miles Chapel and refer to it as Lost Ripley, which is my way of letting people know about African American institutions in Ripley that are no longer standing. Last April I discussed with one of my professors my idea of adding Miles Chapel to the National Register of Historic Places and he was all for it. The church as well agreed that they would like to have it added. It would have been the fourth site in Lauderdale County to be added. This past August my professor and I were headed to Ripley to start the process of having the church added to the National Register. Unfortunately, due to a mold problem the existing chapel will be demolished. Thankfully, they do have plans to rebuild.

As someone who studies African American spaces I consider the demolition of the building as a great loss, but of course I hate to see any old structure torn down.

 

Miles Chapel (2013)

                                                        Miles Chapel (2013)

 

You can revisit Miles Chapel’s first appearance on the website here -> If Walls Could Talk – Miles Chapel

– Tiffany