Maury County African American History
The plays and books written by Sandra Seaton emanate from a vast amount of research into the historical records of African American families of her home in Maury County, Tennessee. Her own family's story is deeply immersed into the fabric of the area, and through this she has seen the connection of all lives that have been present through time, connecting everything to today.
This research is now becoming part of a collaborative effort to chronicle the history of Black community in Maury County. Historical Documents on the Founding and Growth of Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, and other denominations, historical figures, reading lists, videos,. ,
Information compiled and presented to Tennessee State Archives by Sandra Seaton. research (pdf)
Lyman Johnson: Civil rights leader and grandson of Dyer Johnson, one of the founders of Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church (biography, The Rest of the Dream: The Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson)
View Johnson obituary from the New York Times, October 6, 1997.
To learn more about the Dyer Johnson Family, visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives
To learn more about the Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
History of the Dyer Johnson Family, Columbia, Tennessee
College Hill School
Columbia, Tennessee, 1920
College Hill School was the elementary and high school for African Americans in Columbia, Tennessee during the era of segregation. Although it received much less than its fair shares of material resources, it was graced with outstanding principals and teachers. Two of the most notable principals were Professor J.H. Kelly and Professor Robert Johnson, father of the civil rights leader Lyman Johnson.
St. Paul A.M.E (African Methodist Episcopal) Church
Founded in 1830
This portrait, taken in 1888 in Columbia, Tennessee, was discovered by Sandra Seaton during her research on the church. The photo’s restoration was funded by a Kellogg Foundation Grant received by Sandra Seaton.
Custom photo assistance provided by Custom Photographic, Lansing, Michigan