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Genealogy Look Ups

22 Feb

I’ve been brainstorming ways that I could further my research on the Black community in the West Tennessee area. I’ve decided that with the amount of time I spend there that I should begin doing genealogy look ups. If you have information that you need assistance with that can only be found by actually visiting the West TN area, please let me know and I will be happy to assist. Please leave your details in the comments section.

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Black History Month so far.

– Tiffany


Jet Magazine – August 27, 1964

20 Jan

I hesitated before posting this particular clipping, but decided to anyway since it can be found in Jet Magazine. I couldn’t help but to giggle at the fact that Jet Magazine used to publish gossip.

Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

I have an idea who this is about,  but I really wonder if they ever discovered that their gossip made it into Jet Magazine.


– Tiffany
– Source: Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

Higher Education

16 Dec

As a graduate of Tennessee State University which is an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) I began to wonder about Black college graduates from Ripley and the surrounding areas during segregation. Of course these individuals would have had to have attended HBCUs. I decided to do a search of Tennessee’s HBCUs to see if I could find graduates from the Ripley area.

I decided to start with a quick search of Tennessee State University commencement records.

1932 Graduates of Tennessee State University
Dupree D. Davis – Jackson, TN
James C. Jones – Henning, TN
George A. Newbern – Jackson, TN

1935 Graduates of Tennessee State University
Johnnie Turner Baker – Dyersburg, TN
George Charles Newbern – Dyersburg, TN

1936 Graduates of Tennessee State University
Kathaleen F. McCadden – Elementary Education – Covington, TN
Ida Belle Powell – Home Economics – Jackson, TN
Arthur Lee Robinson – Agriculture – Dyersburg, TN

Other Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Tennessee include,

Fisk Univeristy – Nashville
Lane College – Jackson
Lemoyne Owen – Memphis
Knoxville College – Knoxville
Meharry Medical College – Nashville

Over the course of the next few weeks I hope to do more research into the Black college graduates from this area.

Source: Tennessee State University Digital Archives Records –

– Tiffany

Newspaper Clippings – Spartanburg Herald August 18, 1937

18 May

On the list of lynchings that I posted on the blog there is an entry for Albert Gooden of Covington, TN. Here is a newspaper clipping detailing his lynching.

Source: Google News Archive Spartanburg Herald August 18, 1937


The Lynched List

4 May

Below is a list of Blacks lynched in the Lauderdale County, TN area. This is by no means a conclusive list. The true number of Blacks lynched during the post slavery era will never be known. I wonder if these individuals were guilty at all of the crimes that caused them to be sentenced to death. Some may have been, but some may have been innocent.

Henry Giveney (Gingery*) lynched Ripley Tennessee January 9 1900
Robert Giveney (Gingery*) lynched Ripley Tennessee January 9 1900
Anderson Ganse lynched Henning Tennessee January 16 1900
Louis Rice lynched Ripley Tennessee March 23 1900
Robert Alexander lynched Ripley Tennessee January 3 1904
Thomas Seacey lynched Haywood Tennessee April 29 1904
John Talley lynched Dyersburg Tennessee November 7 1913
William Thomas lynched Dyersburg Tennessee March 19 1916
Ligon Scott lynched Dyersburg Tennessee December 2 1917
Albert Gooden lynched Covington Tennessee August 17 1937
1 unidentified black man lynched Dyer Co Tennessee August 1869
N/A Thompson lynched Dyer Tennessee July 5 1891
Needham Smity lynched Tipton Co Tennessee November 10 1894
Richard Thurmond lynched Ripley Tennessee August 8 1898

-Source: The Lynching Calendar (

-* updated by me