One Man Bought Freedom From Slavery At Unusual Price

A Williamson County slave used the common chair to break down racial barriers. A Maury County exhibit is bringing Dick Poynor’s story to life.

Between the rolling hills of Leipers Fork, a name and a date is all we know of most who lie beneath. There is an exception with a black headstone, a single chair and the name Dick Poynor born in 1806.

“He was accepted by the white community in Williamson County. He was the member of a white church. He is buried in a cemetery that was more befitting to white people considering the time period in which he lived,” said Tom Price, James J. Polk Museum. Read More

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