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THE FREE HILLS COMMUNITY
Clay County TN
AN AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE AREA
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Community of Free Hill
in Clay County TN
Contributed by: Amy Batton
Free Hill (sometimes called Free Hills) is an African American
community established in the upper Cumberland before the Civil War. It is
located northeast of Celina in a remote section of Clay County near the
Kentucky border. The original inhabitants were the freed slaves of Virginia
Hill, the daughter of a wealthy North Carolina planter. Hill purchased two
thousand acres of isolated and hilly land in what, at that time, was Overton
County. She then freed the slaves, turned the property over to them, and left
the area. Folklore suggests that among the blacks were her mulatto children
Rube, Josh, Betty, and Marie.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SITE.
The Rosenwald Fund (also known as the Julius Rosenwald Fund) was established in 1917 by Julius Rosenwald and his family for "the well-being of mankind."
A Rosenwald School was the name informally applied to over five thousand schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the United States which were built primarily for the education of African Americans in the early twentieth century. The name originated with Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and founder of The Rosenwald Fund, through which many of the schools and other philanthropic causes were funded. A requirement of grants for local matching funds resulted in community efforts which raised millions of dollars.
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