Franklin to add historic cemetery on audio tour - WSMV Channel 4

Franklin to add historic cemetery on audio tour

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A new project in Franklin looks to add to the city's rich history. The group Leadership Franklin is adding another stop on the city's Historic Parks Cell Phone Audio Tour.

Franklin is known for its Civil War history, but it has another important side, too.

"What happened to people after the Civil War of African descent? What were their stories? So I think this project is just going to add a little bit more richness to what already exists," said Charita Upkins, member of Leadership Franklin.

Among the people buried at Toussaint L'Ouverture Cemetery are a Tuskegee Airman, several former slaves and an African-American physician who operated the first black-owned hospital in the area.

The cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Several local celebrities are lending their voice talents to the project, including singer Toby Mac, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and Channel 4 News anchor Tom Randles.

The new stop on the walking tour will kick off April 12.

To get started on the audio tour, call 615-216-1597 from any cell phone, smartphone or landline.

For more information, visit: http://www.franklintn.gov/index.aspx?page=866.

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