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‘MTSU On the Record’ brings African American lodges, cemeteries into focus

MTSU alumna Leigh Ann Gardner, left, former interpretive specialist with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, is the author of the new book “To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee,” shown at right. She’ll discuss how African American lodges and mutual aid societies took care of the Black community from 1865 to 1930, when Jim Crow laws barred them from access to white medical care and funeral homes, on the upcoming edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program, set to air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. (images submitted)

MTSU alumna Leigh Ann Gardner, left, former interpretive specialist with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, is the author of the new book “To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee,” shown at right. She discusses how African American lodges and mutual aid societies took care of the Black community from 1865 to 1930, when Jim Crow laws barred them from access to white medical care and funeral homes, in an episode of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program, that first aired April 12 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org and is available at the SoundCloud link above. (images submitted)

An MTSU alumna’s historical research into a little-discussed aspect of African American history in Tennessee was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

MTSU alumna Leigh Ann Gardner, author and former interpretive specialist with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

Leigh Ann Gardner

Gina K. Logue, MTSU News and Media Relations specialist

Gina K. Logue

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Leigh Ann Gardner, former interpretive specialist with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, first aired April 12 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

You can listen to their conversation at the SoundCloud link above.

Gardner, an MTSU alumna, is the author of “To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee.”

cover of “To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee" by MTSU alumna Leigh Ann Gardner, author and former interpretive specialist with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage AreaThe book chronicles how African American lodges and mutual aid societies took care of the Black community from 1865 to 1930, a time when Jim Crow laws barred them from access to white medical care and funeral homes.

“These benevolent societies and fraternal lodges acted as a safety net for their members,” Gardner said. “They provided sickness benefits. They would bury you if you died. They would care for your widow or your children, and many of them also offered cemeteries to their members as places to be buried.”

WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM logoGardner earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s degree from MTSU’s Public History Program. Her master’s thesis was “The African American Presence at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 1784-1900.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.


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