Black Ripley

The History and Genealogy of African Americans in Ripley, TN and the Surrounding Areas

Saving Our Stories

Black Ripley is interested in collecting and preserving stories of African-American life in the West Tennessee area. If you have a story that you would like to share, no matter how big or small, we are interested in hearing it. Similar to the Slave Narratives developed by the WPA in the 1930s this project seeks to save these stories for future generations to understand the culture of African-Americans in West Tennessee. If you would like to share your story please complete the form below. If you agree your story will be featured on this website.

Need an idea of what to include?

Try school or church memories, family trips taken in the local area, remembrances of holiday events sponsored by the city or town in which you lived, memories of segregation, or any memory of life in the Ripley area that you would like to be preserved.






3 thoughts on “Saving Our Stories

  1. Back in the early 50’s there was a “little person” that lived in Ripley that could not speak. Don’t know if he could hear of not. Anyway, he had the run of the town. he went to to movies for free and stores gave him free food. nobody messed with him. The story goes he was abandon as a child in a barn and was found and raised by a white family.

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