Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Samuel Smith

Marker ID: THC 1D 22
Location: U.S. 170, Union County, Hickory Valley Road
County: Union
Waymark: None


Following the Civil War, Samuel Smith, an ex-slave and blacksmith, purchased 110 acres of Union County land. In the 1880s, he established near this site the only school and church for Blacks in the county. Smith died on July 21, 1887, and was buried on his own property, which later became part of Butcher Cemetery, located 500 yards south of here.