Petition seeks to add African-American history markers on Franklin square
Faith leaders and historians have now started a petition of support for new African-American history markers on the Franklin square.
The project was delayed after the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen deferred its support this week. City leaders then filed suit to determine who owns the land on the public square after an attorney for the Daughters of the Confederacy threatened to sue if any new markers were placed without the group's consent.
Faith leaders and historians are now asking if the community supports the initiative to do so through a change.org petition and donations for the project. Since the petition started, it has garnered nearly 300 signatures.
About the markers
The group wants four markers on the square to depict African-American history in Williamson County.
Markers would discuss the courthouse and market house, the United States Colored Troops, the 1867 downtown riot and Reconstruction through the Jim Crow era.
Faith and historical leaders also would like to add a statue recognizing the U.S. Colored Troops from Williamson County who served in the Civil War. A location for that statue hasn't been identified.
The group wants to have the markers up by 2019 and unveil them on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Leaders will pitch their idea to the Williamson County Commission on Sept. 10.
Reach Emily West at email@example.com or 615-613-1380 and on Twitter at @emwest22.
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