Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866

Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866

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Watch for my new blog post, "Is this Hell?": Mass Murder During Reconstruction" on the R3 blog. It will be the first using the Henry McNeal Turner Project as it sources. So check out the embedded links as well. It will post Monday morning at 7am CST. Also, anyone wanting to cross post it on her or his blog, just let me know. Don't miss it!!

Memories of a Massacre commemorates a wave of terror that in sweeping a mid-South city helped to cha This project is designed to call public attention to an event that rattled Reconstruction-era Memphis in May 1866.

The first large-scale racial massacre to erupt in the post-Civil War South, the massacre in Memphis played a key role in prompting Congress to enact sweeping changes to federal policies and to constitutional law. It also lent a new urgency to an ongoing national debate about the meaning of freedom and the rights of citizens. It was a massacre of historic proportions, one that helped lay the ground

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Remembering the Memphis Massacre 10/18/2019

Remembering the Memphis Massacre

Coming soon! https://ugapress.org/book/9780820356518/remembering-the-memphis-massacre/?fbclid=IwAR1vk-vAZaJtI3lgyPv3B_z77ZgDfQPj_wj5O9D12fVAVG2biLL2gl0JFyE

Remembering the Memphis Massacre Home > Remembering the Memphis Massacre download cover image ► Share Remembering the Memphis Massacre An American Story Edited by Beverly Greene Bond and Susan Eva O'Donovan Foreword by Greg Downs Title Details Pages: 240 Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in Formats Paperback Pub Date: 03/01/2020 ISBN: 9-...

Photos from Women of Achievement's post 03/27/2019

Photos from Women of Achievement's post

04/08/2018

Hey ya'll! Long time, no "see." Beverly and Susan have been busy pulling together what promises to be a fabulous anthology on the Memphis Massacre. More on that later. In the meantime, if you're in the Memphis area on Saturday, April 12, you might want to check out the wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Pillow. It is in honor of the Union soldiers - black and white - who gave their lives in the name of freedom.

The #HMTProject 12/19/2017

The #HMTProject

Have you followed the Henry McNeal Turner Project yet?? We have writings up from 1859-1880. http://www.thehenrymcnealturnerproject.org/

The #HMTProject The Digital Archival Project dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, the 12th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “National Salvation”: A Rediscovered Lecture on Reconstruction - Common-place 11/01/2017

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “National Salvation”: A Rediscovered Lecture on Reconstruction - Common-place

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “National Salvation”: A Rediscovered Lecture on Reconstruction - Common-place What makes Harper’s January 31 [1867] lecture rare is that we have its full text. The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph printed a transcription of “National Salvation” the day after Harper spoke.

Analysis | The Trump administration’s soft spot for the Confederacy 10/31/2017

Analysis | The Trump administration’s soft spot for the Confederacy

Why Reconstruction history is important

Analysis | The Trump administration’s soft spot for the Confederacy John Kelly is the latest White House official to romanticize the Confederacy.

Henry McNeal Turner: Public Theologian 10/15/2017

Henry McNeal Turner: Public Theologian

The great question, sir, is this: Am I a man? If I am such, I claim the rights of a man. Am I not a man because I happen to be of a darker hue than honorable gentlemen around me? Let me see whether I am or not. I want to convince the House today that I am entitled to my seat here. … God saw fit to vary everything in nature. There are no two men alike, no two voices alike, no two trees alike. God has weaved and tissued variety and versatility throughout the boundless space of His creation. Because God saw fit to make some red, and some white, and some black, and some brown, are we to sit here in judgment upon what God has seen fit to do? As well might one play with the thunderbolts of heaven as with that creature that bears God’s image, God’s photograph.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rhetoricraceandreligion/2017/10/henry-mcneal-turner-public-theologian.html

Henry McNeal Turner: Public Theologian This article was first published in Christian History. Tradition holds that Henry McNeal Turner’s grandfather was an African prince. While his royal blood did not save him from human traders who kidnapped him from his nation and brought him to South Carolina in the late 1700s, his lineage ultimately...

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day 09/04/2017

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day

On this Labor Day.....

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day On September 9, 1868, the Atlanta Constitution published a portion of a speech that Henry McNeal Turner was to deliver on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. In the speech, Turner was to advocate for the “eight hour bill” pending before the House. In submitting the speech for publicat...

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day 09/04/2017

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day

On this Labor Day.....

Proposal for the Eight Hour Work Day On September 9, 1868, the Atlanta Constitution published a portion of a speech that Henry McNeal Turner was to deliver on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. In the speech, Turner was to advocate for the “eight hour bill” pending before the House. In submitting the speech for publicat...

Chaplain Letters: 1864-1865 07/16/2017

Chaplain Letters: 1864-1865

12 letters from Chaplain Turner are up. More to come! Please share! Thanks!!

Chaplain Letters: 1864-1865 The Chaplain Letters A Chaplain's Letter (January 9, 1864) For the Christian Recorder (April 2, 1864) From Chaplain Turner (June...

Live-Tweeting the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917 07/02/2017

Live-Tweeting the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917

As time goes on, more of these commemorations will take place.

Live-Tweeting the East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917

Letter to Hallie Quinn: May 5, 1899 06/09/2017

Letter to Hallie Quinn: May 5, 1899

Bishop Turner to Hallie Q. Brown

Miss Hallie Q. Brown:

My Dear Lady and Friend:-

Yours of the 22nd was upon my table then I reached home last evening and I have read it with inexpressible delight. I glory in your triumphs, victories, fame and immortality. Your worth to the race will never be known in this life. I am glad now while I was mad then that you snubbed me a couple of years after the death of my first wife when I felt that a sufficient time had elapsed to turn my attention toward another; for you are too great to marry, too gifted too intellectual and indeed too mighty to be tied to a man and restricted to any home circle.

Yes I will publish the longest clipping you have sent me in the “Voice of Missions,” as it take in all the others and do so gladly and cheerfully…..

I have no knowledge of the Bishops agreeing to try to abolish the office of Secretary of Education for that is all they could do for the Bishops could not abolish it without the action of the General Conference. While they may have had some verbal agreement to use their influence to that effect in my absence; I say run, and you will get a big support. You shall have the Voice of the Missions at your back. I will support you with all my might. A powerful argument can be made on your behalf. You can tell the church that the women pay in more money than the men, that but for the class dues of the women half of our ministers would starve to death. You will be able to show that you have done more in person, to give character to our church and to build up our educational interest, than any secretary of education in the history of the church.

You can say there is no law that lines out the duties of the educational secretary that amounts to a bagatelle, that he scarcely knows what his own duties are beyond traveling around to the conferences at odd times and delivering an eloquent speech; but if you get in or are elected you will make the office a vital fact that you will sire the women and as well as men, etc. etc.

I hope that you will announce your candidacy in the Southern Christian Recorder, the Christian Recorder, Voice of the Missions and all of our papers and should you do so I hope you will send me a copy before publication so I may assist you in what you not understand.

Fraternally,

Henry McNeal Turner
http://www.thehenrymcnealturnerproject.org/2017/06/letter-to-hallie-quinn-may-5-1899.html

Letter to Hallie Quinn: May 5, 1899 from Henry McNeal Turner to Hallie Q. Brown May 5, 1899, CSU in Folder, Correspondence, Personal, Bishops, Correspondence from Bishop Hen...

The Writings: 1859-1863 06/09/2017

The Writings: 1859-1863

See what Henry McNeal Turner wrote from 1859-1863.

The Writings: 1859-1863 The Diary of Henry McNeal Turner (1859-1862) Letter from Baltimore: August 31, 1861 Sacred Terms Vainly Used: September 7, 1861 Lett...

The Writings: 1859-1865 05/27/2017

The Writings: 1859-1865

New posts are up!! Please share widely!!

The Writings: 1859-1865 1. The Diary of Henry McNeal Turner (1859-1862) 2. Letter from Baltimore: August 31, 1861 3. Sacred Terms Vainly Used: September 7, ...

God, Lynching and the Role of Faith 05/22/2017

God, Lynching and the Role of Faith

God, Lynching and the Role of Faith On May 21, 2017, the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Lynching of Ell Persons conducted a dedication of a marker along with an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony. Leading up to the commemoration, R3 published several posts that spoke about the horrific l...

"Is this Hell": The Mass Murder of Blacks During (Post) Reconstruction 05/15/2017

"Is this Hell": The Mass Murder of Blacks During (Post) Reconstruction

"Is this Hell": The Mass Murder of Blacks During (Post) Reconstruction Just how violent was Reconstruction?

The Henry McNeal Turner Project 05/04/2017

The Henry McNeal Turner Project

The Henry McNeal Turner Project The Digital Archival Project dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, the 12th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church.

Washington Correspondence: August 2, 1862 05/03/2017

Washington Correspondence: August 2, 1862

Washington Correspondence: August 2, 1862 Washington Correspondence  Christian Recorder : August 2, 1862  Turner writes on the everyday happenings and church life in Washingt...

Washington Correspondence: August 16, 1862 05/03/2017

Washington Correspondence: August 16, 1862

Washington Correspondence: August 16, 1862 Washington Correspondence Christian Recorder : August 16, 1862 Turner writes about the happenings in Washington DC paying particular ...

Washington Correspondence: August 30, 1862 05/03/2017

Washington Correspondence: August 30, 1862

Washington Correspondence: August 30, 1862 Washington Correspondence Christian Recorder : August 30, 1862 Turner writes on the meeting Lincoln had with an African American del...

The Writings: 1859-1865 05/01/2017

The Writings: 1859-1865

New writings are up!! Please share!!

The Writings: 1859-1865 1. The Diary of Henry McNeal Turner (1859-1862) 2. Letter from Baltimore: August 31, 1861 3. Sacred Terms Vainly Used: September 7, ...

05/01/2017

Scholarship on Turner

Updated!! Writing anything on Turner? Please share with us!!

Scholarship on Turner Works by and about Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (in progress) Turner Authored Publications: The Civil and Political Status of the Stat...

The Writings: 1859-1865 05/01/2017

The Writings: 1859-1865

New writings are up!!

The Writings: 1859-1865 1. The Diary of Henry McNeal Turner (1859-1862) 2. Letter from Baltimore: August 31, 1861 3. Sacred Terms Vainly Used: September 7, ...

Turner on the President's Message 04/28/2017

Turner on the President's Message

Turner on the President's Message Turner on the President’s Message Christian Recorder : March 21, 1862 On March 6, 1862, President Lincoln delivered his Message ...

04/28/2017

Church Sleeping

Ever fallen asleep in church?

"I think one of the most disgusting, unchristian, and sinful practices in which many of our church members indulge, is that ugly habit of sleeping in church. It is disgusting in the eyes of our sober-minded and intelligent people, whether religious, or non-religious. It is unchristian, because a person who thus indulges in God’s sacred house, bears no mark of a Christian, or even a church member.......It is sinful, because it is treating God’s holy temple with contempt, not only so, but it is disrespectful to his precious truths, his minister, and all the means of grace." http://www.thehenrymcnealturnerproject.org/2017/04/church-sleeping.html

Church Sleeping Church Sleeping Christian Recorder : January 4, 1862 Turner writes about an “ugly habit” that apparently many were guilty of—sle...

04/26/2017

Sacred Terms Vainly Used

What was an example of bad for Bishop Henry McNeal Turner? "Sacred Terms Vainly Used" http://www.thehenrymcnealturnerproject.org/2017/04/sacred-terms-vainly-used.html?spref=tw

Sacred Terms Vainly Used Christian Recorder : September 7, 1861 Turner offers an early insight on the role of preaching. He is against preachers using certain...

The Diary of Turner:1859-1862 04/25/2017

The Diary of Turner:1859-1862

Did you know that Bishop Turner kept a diary?
http://www.thehenrymcnealturnerproject.org/p/henry-mcneal-turner-diary-of-henry.html

The Diary of Turner:1859-1862 Henry McNeal Turner Diary of Henry McNeal Turner. Source: The Henry McNeal Turner Collection Box 1 Folder 2; Manuscript Division, Moo...

Waters: Historical markers will show 'how hate can afflict a community' 03/11/2017

Waters: Historical markers will show 'how hate can afflict a community'

Commemoration is important....

Waters: Historical markers will show 'how hate can afflict a community' Two historical markers will commemorate the 100th anniversary of both victims of the Ell Persons lynching

03/02/2017

Calling all teachers and students: MTSU's Teaching with Primary Sources uses the Memphis Massacre to teach media literarcy: history and civics intersect in an important lesson.

http://library.mtsu.edu/tps/newsletters/TPSNewsletterMarch2017.pdf

Timeline photos 03/01/2017

Please join the Memphis chapter of ASALH, LeMoyne-Owen College, the Memphis Lynching Sites Project, and the Zion Cemetery Project on March 9 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Peoples Grocery Lynching.

Timeline photos 02/23/2017

If you're in the Memphis area on Saturday, please consider stopping by the Brooks Museum for an afternoon screening of "13th," a documentary exploring the linkages between slavery, lynching, and the carceral state.

02/10/2017

Reconstruction in Public History and Memory at the Sesquicentennial: A Roundtable Discussion | Memphis Massacre 1866

Co-Director of the Memphis Massacre project Beverly Bond participated in a roundtable discussion on Reconstruction in Public History and Memory. Check it out below.

Reconstruction in Public History and Memory at the Sesquicentennial: A Roundtable Discussion | Memphis Massacre 1866 The public memory of Reconstruction has long been a complex and fraught subject in the United States. But where do we stand now, and what will Reconstruction’s sesquicentennial entail? What issues confront scholars, civil rights advocates, public history practitioners, and teachers devoted to deepen...

01/31/2017

Marching Women and Banning Refugees | Memphis Massacre 1866

Check out this podcast. You will be glad you did!!

Marching Women and Banning Refugees | Memphis Massacre 1866 podcast. In this episode, American historians and expats, Frank Cogliano and David Silkenat discuss The Women’s Marches in D.C. and around the world, the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K. and finally President Trump’s refugee ban. To listen to this episode, just push the play button bel...

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