Tipton AKA-215 - History

Tipton AKA-215 - History

We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

(AKA-215: dp. 7,125; 1. 338'6"; b. 50'0"; dr. 21'1"; C1 1M.5AkVl(tl.); cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa; T.

Tipton (AKA-215) was laid down under Maritime Commission Contract (MC hull 2169) on 28 December 1944 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 13 March 1945, sponsored by Mrs. W. F. Maister; transferred to the Navy Department on 7 September 1945; and commissioned on
9 October 1945, Lt. Comdr. H. E. Gray, USCGR, in command.

Upon commissioning, the cargo ship was transferred to the custody of the Coast Guard for maintenance and operation and was manned by a Coast Guard crew. Tipton was decommissioned and permanently transferred to the Coast Guard on 4 March 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 20 March 1946.

Our History

From the early 1900s until 2000, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park was known by the name of the family farm on which it was founded and was called Bland's Park. On November 1, 2000, after more than 50 years of ownership and management by the DelGrosso Family, Bland’s Park became DelGrosso’s Amusement Park.

Tipton Ford

Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on this site, absolute accuracy cannot be guaranteed. This site, and all information and materials appearing on it, are presented to the user "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Price does not include applicable tax, title, and license charges. ‡Vehicles shown at different locations are not currently in our inventory (Not in Stock) but can be made available to you at our location within a reasonable date from the time of your request, not to exceed one week.

Welcome to our family’s website.
If this is your first visit, we are so glad you found us!

We hope you enjoy We Tiptons and Our Kin

The purpose of the TFAA is to provide an organization whereby Tiptons and Tipton descendants can be connected to the family as a whole and each member individually through presenting our collective history and personal queries on members’ individual genealogical quests.

The Tipton family was instrumental in several historical events and were pioneers of several States and counties such as Cades Cove, Tipton IN, Tipton TN, Elizabethton TN and much more!

We are seeking Tiptons and Tipton descendants to inform you about, and invite each of you to, our annual Tipton family meetings and reunions.

For the latest News and Comments click here to go to the “Tipton News” tab.

Questions? Please contact:Kathy Hoffmann239-994-1246 or [email protected]

The TFAA publishes newsletters periodically during the year and a family meeting is held on the Saturday in October of the Columbus Day weekend.

Listed below is the latest newsletter, to see previous newsletters go to the menu at top of this page.

  • Tipton Family Association of America Annual Meeting and Reunion
  • Memories & Tales
  • President Introduction and Contact Information
  • Did You Know?
The above “Tipton Family Research Group” has been created for those of us who descend from Jonathan Tipton (c1659-1757). The purpose of the group is to share genealogical information and help each other determine our direct Tipton line or lines. It will also provide the opportunity to share significant or interesting information about our Tipton ancestors. In order to be respectful of the site, its purpose, and its members, please post only information pertaining to Tipton history and Tipton genealogy. Please do not use the site for posting political comments, recipes, photographs of pets, advertisements of businesses, products, and yard sales, or anything that would not be considered “good taste.” Of course, photos of Tipton descendants are always welcome. The administrator retains the right to remove anything that is not appropriate or suitable or that may be offensive to the members. This is a closed/private group with membership by invitation. If you wish to become a member of the group, please ask to be invited and include your lineage from your earliest known descendant of Jonathan Tipton (c1659-1757). NO ONE IS ADDED TO THE GROUP UNTIL HE/SHE ANSWERS THE THREE QUESTIONS REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP. Also, you must be willing to share your lineage with us so that we may include you in our descendants’ list. We look forward to having many Tipton descendants who are interested in Tipton genealogy and history. The creation of this site was approved by the Tipton Family Association of America (TFAA) at its 2017 fall meeting.

Looking for Something?

Feel free to donate so we can do more things for the Tipton Family Legacy


Disclaimer for TFAA

The TFAA website is for research, family history and information of interest about the Tipton family and its activities. The TFAA sponsors and maintains this website for the benefit of our membership and all who are seeking information about the family.

We are doing our best to prepare the content of this site. However, Tipton Family Association of America cannot warranty the expressions, suggestions or contents, as well as its accuracy. In addition, to the extent permitted by the law, for Tipton Family Association of America shall not be responsible for any losses and/or damages due to the usage of the information on our website.

The links contained on our website may lead to external sites, which are provided for convenience only. Any information or statements that appeared in these sites are not sponsored, endorsed, or otherwise approved by for Tipton Family Association of America.


This beautiful and livable environment didn’t happen overnight. The history of Tipton Lakes goes back over two decades.

In the late 1960s, the business leaders of Columbus, Indiana, commissioned a housing study which determined that although there was a growing number of jobs in Bartholomew County, the growth of housing stock had not kept up.

As a result of the study, the J. Irwin Miller family purchased 1200 acres of land on the west side
of Columbus to provide more quality housing for Columbus residents. This land was a combination of lush green pastures, beautiful hills, and natural valleys.

One of the first steps after the land was acquired was to identify the best natural views, the creeks, and the best areas for development. Out of this land study came the master development plan for Tipton Lakes which included three new lakes connected by two canals.

In the 1970s, the land was extensively surveyed to locate the lakes and other amenities. Core drilling and engineering studies were done to ensure that the soil types were appropriate for the lakes, dams and other structures.

In the early 1980s, the Tipton Lakes development began in earnest. First, the bridge over Eastlake dam was constructed and the three lakes were built. Next, Woodcrest Villas, Harrison Green, The LookOut Condominiums, Harrison Ridge Park, and Coles Cove were developed. Harrison Ridge Park homes, designed by Arthur Danielian, were some of the first zero lot line homes built in Indiana.

Tipton Lake Company constructed the Tipton Lakes Athletic Club in 1984. This Club offers Tipton Lakes residents a nearby athletic club, and it is open to all residents of Columbus.

Continued development in the late 1980s included Shadow Bay, Mallard Point, Winterberry Place, Butternut Pond and Timber Ridge. The second phase of Butternut Pond was the site of the first Home-A-Rama, a home show held in this area.

Tipton Lakes Company worked closely with the City of Columbus to create the three-acre Harrison Ridge City Park complete with areas for picnics, tennis, basketball, and playgrounds.

In the late 1980s, Tipton Lakes Company sold 18 acres of land to an Indianapolis apartment developer who built the first apartments in Tipton Lakes, Eastlake Woods Apartments.

The 1990s began with a second Home-A-Rama in Northlake Woods. Development continued with the creation of Blackhawk, Fontana, Oakbrook, Pintail Point, and Bittersweet Woods neighborhoods.

In 1992, Tipton Lakes was named one of the 99 BEST RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA.

In 1995, the first lots were sold in the exclusive waterfront community of Turtle Bay.

In 1996, construction for Westlake Park began. This area was designed by architect Robert Lamb Hart of New York, and the homes are being built by James A. Shoaf Construction.

In 1997, Tipton Lakes Company dedicated an office building and meeting space for the Community Association at the Marina. The Courtyard by Marriott was built near the Highway 46 entrance to Tipton Lakes. Also, a second medical office building was built across from the Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. This medical office building includes an internal medicine group and an outpatient lab for the hospital.

In 1998, Tipton Lakes Company sold 14 acres of land to a development group headed by David Kiel to develop Greystone and 11 acres of land just west of the Marina to develop the waterfront community of Pintail Landing.

In 1999, Tipton Lakes Company began construction of a second bridge over the west canal to complete Tipton Lakes Blvd. to Goeller Road. This important “link” opens the door for continued development into the new millennium. In 2000, the new bridge over westlake canal opens with an exciting community-wide party.

Since the first construction began in the early 1980s, just over 1000 families have made Tipton Lakes their home. Tipton Lakes is a vital and growing community with hundreds of acres still available for development.

Recent News

Fasig-Tipton Adds Broodmare Dispersal to Upcoming July Sales Will Accept Additional Breeding Stock Entries

Fasig-Tipton has added a breeding stock dispersal to its upcoming July sales schedule in Lexington, Kentucky. The company will offer 18 mares as part of the Far From Over/Fountain of Youth Dispersal, with consignor Stuart Morris acting as agent for the dispersal. More.

Catalogue for The July Sale Now Online

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 348 selected yearlings for The July Sale, to be held on Tuesday, July 13, at the company’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. The sale will begin at 10 am. More.

Celebration of Life for Steve Dance be Held June 16 in Timonium

The family and friends of Steve Dance, who passed away on May 25, at 78 years of age, will gather in the Timonium (Fasig-Tipton) Sales Pavilion located on the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, on Wednesday, June 16th, at 1:00 p.m. More.

Fasig-Tipton Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 July Selected HORA Sale

Nominations are now open for Fasig-Tipton’s July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held on Monday, July 12, in Lexington, Kentucky. The sale will precede Fasig-Tipton’s July Selected Yearling Sale, to be held on Tuesday, July 13. More.

Catalogue for Santa Anita Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Now Online

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 105 entries for its Santa Anita Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held on Wednesday, June 23 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The sale will begin at 1 pm PDT. More.

Log in to Schwab

Web Browser Information — IMPORTANT information for Windows XP users.

Brokerage Products: Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • May Lose Value

Not all products and services listed are available outside the U.S. and some are subject to country specific restrictions.

Check the background of this firm or one of its investment professionals on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

The Charles Schwab Corporation provides a full range of brokerage, banking and financial advisory services through its operating subsidiaries. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC), offers investment services and products, including Schwab brokerage accounts. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides deposit and lending services and products. Access to Electronic Services may be limited or unavailable during periods of peak demand, market volatility, systems upgrade, maintenance, or for other reasons.

This site is designed for U.S. residents. Non-U.S. residents are subject to country-specific restrictions. Learn more about our services for non-U.S. residents.

© 2021 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc, All rights reserved. Member SIPC. Unauthorized access is prohibited. Usage will be monitored. (0617-ZYYE)


The otherwise low-key life story of Billy Tipton -- an obscure jazz pianist who worked out of Spokane, Washington, for 40 years – took a startling plot twist upon his death on January 21, 1989. A few days later, the director of the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home informed his stunned wife and children that the deceased musician had actually been a woman. The discovery that Tipton had successfully masqueraded as a man for more than 50 years was initially a local “human interest” news item, but one with enough lurid mystery that it subsequently sparked international headlines, TV news coverage, magazine essays, a biography, and countless academic and bar-room gender identity debates.

Life as a Girl

Dorothy Lucille Tipton was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but when her parents divorced at age four, she was sent to live with an aunt in the great jazz town of Kansas City, Missouri. While attending Southwest High School, she studied piano, took up the saxophone, and, already influenced by the jazz culture there, began calling herself “Tippy” Tipton. But as a female she was denied the chance to join the school band.

After rejoining her mother in Oklahoma, Tipton began courses to complete her senior year in September 1932, and while attending Connors State College High School she was finally allowed to join the boys in a school band. Tipton -- who’d begun dressing and grooming herself in a man’s fashion around 1934 in order to fit in with the “look” of the all-male bands -- found some work playing in smoky Oklahoma honky-tonks like the Green Lantern, and then on the road with the Banner Playboys who featured that regional popular blend of swing jazz and country music known as “Western Swing.”

Eventually she decided to permanently take on the role of a male musician -- “Billy Lee Tipton” – and then took the daring ruse a big step further by coupling with a girlfriend who was soon calling herself “Mrs. Tipton” -- a title that five different women would hold over the following years.

What’ll I Do?

Most theories offered up to explain why a young person might take the drastic step of creating a false new persona, and then commit to that lifestyle for the remainder of their years, touch on matters of a sexual and/or socio-economic nature. Interestingly, the published observations and speculations surrounding Tipton’s remarkable transformation don’t even agree on where and when this all occurred -- but they do generally concur that Tipton had figured that in order to make a living in a jazz big-band and tour around with a busload of men, she’d have to pretend to be male.

Certainly, making the radical move of adopting a false persona placed unfathomable pressures on the young musician, but among the reasons for Tipton to do so, as one biographer, Sally Lehrman, hypothesized was that the act was likely “a concession to the economic pressures of the Great Depression and the reality that women jazz musicians didn’t get jobs.” Diane Wood Middlebrook, another writer who wrote of Tipton’s double life, added that “In order to keep playing jazz, without suffering from discrimination or judgment, Dorothy continued to live as a man for the rest of her life.”

Sophisticated Swing

At Oklahoma rooms like the Locust Grove and the Swing Time, Tipton honed his chops and stage presence and by mid-1936 he was leading his own band and appearing regularly on KFXR radio. In 1938 the band was bumped out of its Swing Time gig and Tipton joined up with Louvenie’s Western Swingbillies who had a steady gig at Brown’s Tavern and a regular show on radio KTOK.

By 1940 Tipton had joined on with Scott Cameron’s big-band, which played dances all around the Midwestern states and into Wyoming and Colorado. Then in 1941 he moved to Joplin, Missouri, and gigged for two and a half years at the Cotton Club with George Mayer’s band. After that he joined the popular Ross Carlyle band, which toured from Memphis to Topeka and all around the region. Then Tipton spent about two years playing music in Texas.

In 1949, Tipton got an offer to join up again with George Mayer where they could get in on the Pacific Northwest club circuit action. The Sophisticated Swing Trio’s first gigs weren’t the most promising -- some stubborn tavern crowds insisted that the jazz group try to play country music -- but their debut gig at the Shalimar Room in the rough and tumble logging town of Roseburg, Oregon, did have an up-side to it. It just so happened that a Roseburg radio station regularly recorded (onto acetate “instant discs” and for later broadcast) the Thursday night shows by whatever band was booked at the Shalimar, and so four of the trio’s performances of such jazz standards as “Flying Home,” “If I Knew Then,” and “Sophisticated Swing,” still survive.

Over the next three years Mayer’s combo worked the circuit, playing every small town in Oregon from Astoria to Umpqua, and in Washington from Longview to Walla Walla, and from Pocatello, Idaho, to Great Falls, Montana. In time Spokane's Dave Sobol Theatrical Agency began booking their dates -- including some at Sobol’s own swanky Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based Boulevard Club, where they shared the stage with touring stars including the Ink Spots, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and Billy Eckstine.

In 1951 Tipton eased into a cushy Elks Club solo-piano gig in Longview, Washington, but soon formed his own trio by recruiting Kenny Richards (bass) and Dick O’Neil (drums), and began a work association with Sobol. By 1954 the Billy Tipton Trio -- which now included Ron Kilde (bass) -- was playing upscale venues like Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel and Davenport Hotel. The band also continued to travel a lot, and it was while doing a show at King’s Supper Club in Santa Barbara, California, in 1956 that a talent scout for the Los Angeles-based budget label, Tops Records, discovered them. After signing a contract, and doing some recording sessions (in June and July) at the Hollywood studios of Capitol Records, two albums -- Sweet Georgia Brown and Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano -- were issued in early 1957 and included versions of such classics as: “What’ll I Do,” “The Man I Love,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” and “Don’t Blame Me.” (Note: On some undetermined date Tipton also recorded a single for Spot Records -- a different version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," backed with Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing They Call Love?")

Having sold a respectable 17,678 copies in 1957 alone, the albums -- while not exactly smash hits -- did bring the trio more notoriety, and in theory, better gigs. But when a new Reno, Nevada-based casino called the Holiday Hotel offered up the lucrative house-band position in June 1958, Tipton disappointed his band-mates by declining the opportunity, ignoring Tops offer to record four additional albums in Hollywood, and instead opted to move to his final home in Spokane, where the trio played weekly and he worked daily as a talent booker for Sobol.

Tipton carried on playing local gigs at rooms like the Green Monkey and the Tin Pan Alley, helping younger musicians get work through the booking agency that he eventually ended up owning, and retiring from performing in the 1970s only after arthritic fingers made it difficult to play.

Don’t Blame Me

As the 1960s unfolded, Tipton and his fifth wife created a family that happily revolved around three adopted children. Those adoptions were necessary due to his “sterility” -- which, as he reportedly explained to each of his successive wives -- had been caused by a horrific car wreck that had left him with permanent ribcage damage and disfigured genitals.

But, upon the death (due to a bleeding ulcer) of this friendly family man, his secret was finally out. While the family tried to cope with the shocking revelations, various puzzling aspects of Tipton’s bizarre life story captured the media spotlight. Various elements within the entertainment industry did their part to mark Tipton’s passage -- some in an honorable way, others less so.

Within weeks there was a buzz about possible bio-pic movie deals in-the-works, print tabloids like the National Enquirer and Star (and TV corollaries like the Sally Jessy Raphael show) began exploiting the story. Thus began some serious mythmaking: New York magazine quickly glamorized Tipton’s career by lauding him as a “renowned saxophonist” -- a flattering description that would probably have surprised a musician whose name, as The Seattle Times put it, had recently been read by more people in “headlines than probably ever saw it on marquees. Tipton was a star that had to wait until after death to go supernova.”

But while some people chose to engage in speculative psycho-sexual analyses (and ponder just exactly how none of his wives had ever had even the faintest clue about their husband’s genuine sex, and apparent lesbianism), others detected a certain tinge of sadness to the whole disheartening situation whereby a talented musician purportedly got herself trapped into a stressful sham by apparently believing the false notion that to gain steady and respectable employment one had to be, or appear, male.

Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man

It took the astute cultural critic, Clark Humphrey, to point out that Tipton was in all likelihood just “someone who saw himself as a man born with the wrong equipment” and therefore, the “story isn’t a tale of tragedy but of triumph. Tipton wasn’t a jazz great, and probably knew he’d never be one, but he died a success at being something, and someone, he wanted against all odds to become -- and without the benefits of surgeries, shots, or hormone pills.”

The life challenges Tipton had faced resonated deeply with a number of sympathetic fellow artists whose musical responses were both touching and dignified: the folksinger, Phranc, issued a haunting tribute song, “Tipton,” and an all-woman group, the Seattle-based Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, began a long string of shows -- later using the simplified name the Tiptons -- to honor his memory.

The State of Washington
Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation

Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano , 1957

Courtesy Peter Blecha Collection

Billy Tipton Trio ad, the Westerner nightclub, The Seattle Times, November 1957

Billy Tipton Trio ad, Embers nightclub, Portland, The Oregonian, March 1958

Welcome to Tipton-Haynes

The Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site tells the rich story of the history of Northeast Tennessee and of the several families that lived here. The site includes 45 acres, eleven historic buildings, the Tipton/Gifford/Simerly cemetery, a limestone cave, a natural spring, a buffalo trace, a nature trail, and a Visitor Center. The Visitor Center contains a permanent exhibit, museum store, educational spaces, a library, and archives.

Purchasing the site in 1784, Colonel John Tipton (1730-1813) moved from Shenandoah County, Virginia to settle in what was then Washington County, North Carolina. For the next four years, the formation and decline of the State of Franklin became an important issue for the area and the life of Colonel Tipton, who stayed loyal to North Carolina. In February of 1788, the Battle of the State of Franklin turned the peaceful home of Colonel Tipton’s into a battle ground for Franklin independence. Colonel Tipton would later help with the development of Tennessee becoming the 16th state of the Union before retiring from public life.

After his father’s death, John Tipton, Jr. (1767-1831) inherited the property. Before moving to Washington County, Tipton, Jr. was already a successful state legislator and wealthy land owner in Blountville, Tennessee. Tipton, Jr. expanded his father’s cabin in the 1820s, making it a Federal style farmhouse. While attending the 19th General Assembly, he died in Nashville.

The heirs of John Tipton, Jr. sold the property to David and Rhoda Haynes in 1837. For a wedding gift, David and Rhoda gave the property to Landon Carter Haynes (1816-1875), their oldest son, in 1839. That year, Landon had married Eleanor Powell. In the 1850s, he expanded the former Tipton home into how it appears today. Haynes is best known for being a Confederate senator, but was also a state legislator, politician, farmer, newspaper editor, Methodist minister, and attorney. Losing his home during the Civil War, Haynes moved to and lived the rest of his life in Memphis, Tennessee. The site would eventually return to the Haynes family when, on May 1, 1882, Sarah L. Gifford Simerly (1847-1935) purchased the property. Sarah was the niece of Landon Carter Haynes.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission and by generous donations to the non-profit Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, Inc.

John Edwards is on a mission to preserve Tipton County’s African-American history

John Edwards, who grew up in Covington during the Civil Rights Movement and integration, is working to build a website to collect and share Tipton County’s rich African-American history. Photo by SaDabrie Taylor

John Edwards has been busy lately.

On top of being re-elected to the Covington Board of Mayor and Aldermen late last year, the second-generation public servant is on a mission to preserve Tipton County’s African-American history before it’s too late.

“We have to ensure there will be some record going forward,” he said.

Edwards has built a website called Tipton County African-American History and has been working on collecting photos, stories and other artifacts that tell the story of the African-American experience here.

He was part of a group that tried to preserve the Dr. Thomas Price house on Hwy. 51 with the intentions of building a museum for the same purpose. Those efforts fell through and the home’s owner agreed to allow the City of Covington to raze the structure as part of its blight eradication program.

It devastated Edwards and many others in the community who saw it as a part of the city’s history being removed.

“What we tried to do with the African-American museum was we wanted to make sure this generation knew those stories for years to come,” he said. “Now I want to get these things digitally preserved so they’re not going anywhere.”

Some things – like photos of Frazier, the African-American school in the heart of Covington’s first district – have been hard to find.

“You can’t find an actual picture of Frazier on the internet,” he said. “I want to change that.”

Preserving the entire story

The website Edwards is creating will be a place to preserve Tipton County’s African-American history for years to come. It features a section on Hattye Yarbrough, one of Tipton County’s most notable historians, and also Covington native Isaac Hayes.

It’s easy to find feature stories media outlets have done on notable figures in the African-American community like Uncle Shirley Fisher, Minnie Bommer, Hattye Yarbrough, Quincy Barlow and even his own activist parents, but it’s harder to find the stories of everyday life and everyday struggles.

Some stories just haven’t been told, but he wants to change that too.

“I just found out recently my parents took off work and went to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Mountaintop’ speech,” Edwards said. “I didn’t know that. It was just something that was ordinary to them at the time, but it’s extraordinary to me.”

It’s more difficult to find the stories of the nightmarish parts of Tipton County’s history. And when you do, it’s hard to know where to draw the line – should you include the horrors of the Jim Crow South or should you keep the stories positive?

Edwards is of the opinion it’s important to know all of it.

He already knew about the lynching of Jimmy Wade in 1947, but he didn’t know about Albert Gooden in 1937. The stories of both men are included on the site.

“How can you explain where we are today if you can’t explain where we were 70 years ago?” he asks. “I really struggled with it, but you’ve gotta tell both sides. It’s painful to some, it’s embarrassing for others, but the truth is the truth. If you tell history you’ve gotta tell the entire story of that history.”

And so, while many people know that a deputy was shot to death in 1937 while serving a warrant for gambling, few people remember the man police believed was responsible was the victim to a lynch mob.

“After reading that story and seeing the photos, that shook me. I had to take a break for a whole day.”

It’s the complicated history of this place and of this country.

“I believe a lot of this history wasn’t told by our ancestors because it was so painful and so intimidating. Sometimes you don’t want your children to know some of the bad things that went on then.”

Inspiring future generations

Edwards believes the collection will also inspire current and future generations of African-Americans.

The history of this place includes the childhood of Academy Award winner Isaac Hayes, B.B. King playing at the Blue Flame, a Muddy Waters concert, several prominent doctors and famed University of Tennessee running back Johnnie Jones among others. Who knows who will come next.

“These people did so much greater than what they were expected to do,” he said. “You might have the next Dr. Price, Dr. Broffit or Dr. Cannon or the next Isaac Hayes reading these stories. People did great things in the past with less than you have.”

Edwards is looking for contributions from the community like photos, scrapbooks, stories, memorabilia and anything else that needs to be preserved. Some of it has already been lost to time.

“If something’s not done a lot of this information will die with us, so much of our history is just rumors right now.”

Author: Echo Day

Echo Day is an award-winning journalist, photographer and designer. She is currently The Leader's managing editor.

Watch the video: What is the Jemima Code? Featuring Toni Tipton-Martin