Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Free HiIl(s) Community

Marker ID: THC 2D 31
Location: TN 53, Clay County, at Neely Creek Road
County: Clay
Coordinates: N 36° 32.654    W 085° 28.415
  36.54423333    -85.47358333
Waymark: None


Free Hill(s), a historic Black community, was established northeast of Celina before the Civil War by former slaves of Virginia Hill. Hill brought her slaves from North Carolina to then Overton County, purchased 2,000 hilly and rough acres, settled, and freed them. The freed Blacks took the surname Hill, thus the name Free Hill(s). After 1865, other Clay County Blacks also settled in the area.