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Toussaint L’Ouverture Cemetery

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Location: on Del Rio Pike at Hillsboro Rd., Franklin, TN
County: Williamson
Coordinates: N 35° 55.873    W 086° 52.636
  35.93121666    -86.87726666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM88G


This cemetery is named for Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave leader whose rebellion led to Haiti's independence in 1804. This cemetery is the final resting place for many Williamson County African-Americans. Among the ex-slaves buried here are A. N. C. Williams, local merchant and minister, and Mariah Otey Reddick, of Carnton Plantation. Grave sites date to 1869 and include veterans of both World Wars, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Many resting here, while nameless, were active citizens of the Baptist Neck, Belltown, and Hard Bargain neighborhoods, offering their labor and domestic skills for the betterment of Franklin. The Cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Williamson County Historical Society