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APSU to host Juneteenth Celebration on June 17th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At 6:00pm on June 17th, 2021, Austin Peay State University (APSU) will host its inaugural Juneteenth celebration, “Juneteenth Freedom Day Unchained,” at the University’s Spirit Rock across from the Dunn Center.

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Lulu Epperson: Women’s Suffragist, Daughter of the Confederacy

 

In honor of women’s history month let me share with you the story an intriguing woman in Clarksville’s history, Lulu Epperson.

Clarksville HistoryClarksville, TN – Amidst the mayhem of 2020 there was an important anniversary that not everyone may have noticed.  August 18th, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which resulted in giving women in the United States the right to vote.

At the same time that we marked that anniversary, we were once again facing the effects of racial oppression from our past that continues to reach into our present. What do these two topics have to do with Lulu Epperson? Quite a bit, actually. 

Lulu Bringhurst Epperson

Lulu Bringhurst Epperson

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APSU faculty edits Diary that provides glimpse of Clarksville during Civil War

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In the mid-1980s, an old store ledger was found inside a local smokehouse. At first glance, it seemed like little more than trash, but then someone opened the yellowed, water-stained pages and read surreal accounts of Clarksville during the Civil War.

“Clarksville is almost depopulated,” the ledger recorded. “All the escaped soldiers have been ordered to the main army via Clarksville before the Yankees get in. I ripped the stripes off a young man’s coat over at Uncle W’m’s this evening that he might not be detected on his journey. Once I enjoyed sewing them, but now I take them off as willingly.”

Austin Peay State University professor of history Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds the Diary of Serepta Jordan. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University professor of history Dr. Minoa Uffelman holds the Diary of Serepta Jordan. (APSU)

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Lamar Alexander: Making the case for preserving Andrew Jackson statue

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This week, Senate Democrats voted to block consideration of U.S. Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina’s, police reform legislation. I voted to begin debate on Senator Scott’s proposal, which I co-sponsored, because it will make police officers more accountable, encourage departments to ban chokeholds and adopt best practices, provide better training to police officers, and make lynching a federal crime. 

Congress should have a serious debate and consider amendments on these important issues, and it is a shame that Senate Democrats won’t allow the Senate to even begin to consider this legislation.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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A Look at the History of Independence Day

 

Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – The Second Continental Congress announced the colonies’ separation from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776, by unanimously adopting the Declaration of Independence.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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The History of Independence Day

 

Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – The Second Continental Congress announced the colonies’ separation from Great Britain by unanimously adopting the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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The Freed Slaves of Montgomery County

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – Every human being has worth and deserves dignity. “Everyone matters” is an incredibly powerful humanitarian ideal, and one upon which the United States seems to continually both build and define. We hear the whispers of this ideal within the words of the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The generation of Americans which fought to free us from the tyranny of Europe in the late 18th Century probably could not have grasped how these words, and the spirit of the ideal they reflect would be used by subsequent generations to form the nation we live within today.

Unknown Slave Women and children

Unknown Slave Women and children

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Austin Peay State University professor Minoa Uffelman connects Students with Scholars using Skype

 

Austin Peay State University - APSU - logoClarksville, TN – When Austin Peay State University history major Rick Casteel raises his hand in his “The South To 1861” course, he knows that it’s important that he say the right thing.

But that’s not because Casteel is worried about answering incorrectly, or impressing his teacher, APSU associate professor of history, Dr. Minoa Uffelman.

APSU professor Minoa Uffelman

APSU professor Minoa Uffelman

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Austin Peay State University’s new Art Exhibit offers look powerful at the Slave Trade

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Gallery, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art and Design, is pleased to open its 2015-2016 exhibition season with artist Stephen Hayes and his powerful body of work titled “Cash Crop.”

“Cash Crop” is an exhibition that invites viewers to walk into an emotional, physical and psychic space to confront the past, present and future.

"Cash Crop" is a new exhibit at APSU.

“Cash Crop” is a new exhibit at APSU.

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Independence Day History

 

Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – The Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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