Sandra, I was so thrilled to read your story on the Tennessee State Library & Archives blog: http://tslablog.blogspot.com/2015/02/how-i-came-to-write-will-playwright.html . As a former TSLA employee, I saw many thrilling emotional moments like yours over the years, and believe me, we all share your joy! I thought you might like to learn a little more about Greenwood Cemetery, which now includes the historic Mt. Ararat Cemetery, as well. I’m not sure you realized when you visited that it is Nashville’s oldest African American cemetery. A few local historians are collaborating on what may become a book about the cemetery and the remarkable people buried there. Last September, I started a Facebook page about Greenwood, adding a biography each week, so people can learn more about the people there — they continue to inspire us! You don’t have to join Facebook to see the page. You can access it at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenwood-Project/344314112391974
Thank you for your beautiful work. I hope you’ll visit us again! Kathy Lauder
Thank you so much for your gracious note. The Greenwood cemetery that I refer to in my article about my play “The Will” is the ante-bellum cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee. There are only a few our African American graves at this burial site. It’s good to have a reminder that there is also a Greenwood in Nashville. Thank you so much for your great contributions to Middle Tennessee history. I will go to your Facebook page and read about your Greenwood Nashville project.
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