Cemetery School Considered For National Register of Historic Places

Sep 01, 2022 at 03:36 pm by WGNS

(NASHVILLE)  At 9:00 o’clock Wednesday morning (9/14/2022) the State Review Board will meet to examine Tennessee's proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Rutherford County’s CEMETERY SCHOOL is one of four nominees from across the state awaiting approval to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places.  


The Rutherford County Historical Society describes the Cemetery School as a Black educational facility that served the southwest side of the old Nashville Highway and just northwest of Asbury Road. It was behind the Stones River Methodist Church. The school was open from 1874 – 1962. It was consolidated into the Smyrna Rosenwald School in 1962.

The nominations include: 

  • Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Henry County 
  • Akins House, Monroe County 
  • Cemetery School, Rutherford County 
  • Audubon Park, Shelby County

Other businesses at the meeting will review and re-assess the James Gillespie House in Blount County, Scott Creek Stone Arch Bridge in Grundy County, and Buchanan House in Meigs County for potential removal from the National Register.

The State Review Board is composed of 13 people with backgrounds in American history, architecture, archaeology, or related fields. It also includes members representing the public. 

The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

For additional information, contact Rebecca Schmitt with the Tennessee Historical Commission at (615) 770-1086, or at National.Register@tn.gov. For more information about the Tennessee Historical Commission, please visit www.tnhistoricalcommission.org.


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