Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Samuel Allen McElwee 1858-1914

Marker ID: THC 4D 41
Location: Jackson Street and 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.977    W 086° 48.193
  36.16628333    -86.80321666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Born a slave in Madison County, Samuel McElwee began teaching school in Haywood County at the age of 16. In 1882, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives and one year later was graduated from Fisk University. The only African American elected from Haywood County, Samuel McElwee served three successive terms in the legislature, promoting uniform education and justice. In 1884 and 1888, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. McElwee moved to Nashville 1888 after he was defeated for reelection by force of arms.


The coordinates were estimated using Google Earth Street View. There are two markers at this intersection.