In the last post, I looked at sources for locating historical markers. Recently, I was at a used bookstore here in town and located a publication from the Tennessee Historical Commission called Journey to our past: a guide to African-American markers in Tennessee. Given I had just written the post about the markers, I had to pick it up.
One marker mentioned in it was that of William Bennett Scott, editor of the black newspaper, The Colored Tennessean. The Colored Tennessean was published from 1865-1867 and was the 1st black newspaper in Tennessee. In the guide book, it is explained that Scott published the paper in Nashville and Maryville. In Maryville, the paper would eventually become successively, the Blount County Republican & the Blount County Democrat.
William B. Scott had many accomplishments, including being mayor of Maryville from 1869-1870. A recent story from knoxnews.com describes the unveiling in March of his portrait at Maryville City Hall.
I am still learning about the rich history of the county, and I am glad to have made this connection! I have an interest in black history & genealogy in Nashville, where I reside, and have a blog dedicated to it. In working on the blog, I’d become familiar with The Colored Tennessean, but did not know of it’s origins until now.
To learn more about the life of William B. Scott and his descendants, look for the book Three Generations: the Story of a Colored Family of East Tennessee by Charles W. Cansler at a library near you.