Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Tent City

Marker ID: THC 4E 98
Location: TN 76, County Road 195 and LaGrange Road, south of Somerville, TN
County: Fayette
Coordinates: N 35° 13.253    W 089° 20.977
  35.22088333    -89.34961666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


A number of Black Fayette County sharecroppers who participated in a voter registration drive were evicted from their lands in 1959-60. Many of them moved to “Tent City," also called "Freedom Village," where they lived in military surplus tents furnished