How to Research for a Historic Marker

I talk about my work to put up a historic marker in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. This marker is dedicated to the first documented lynching in Memphis, that occurred on January 1st, 1851.

While I was never able to find the actual name of the enslaved man that was killed, I talk you through how I researched this case in depth and how you can use similar research in working towards getting a historic marker put up.

Intro: 0:00
Research Tip #1: 1:08
The Case: 2:35
Mudd Island: 7:55
1850 Memphis Exchange Location: 9:20
What is a Certificate of Freedom?: 11:17
Finding Your Subject Through Research: 12:29
Context Matters: 14:38

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