A.J. Morton Funeral Home Historical

A.J. Morton Funeral Home Historical (HM1TXR)

Location: Columbia, TN 38401 Maury County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 36.8', W 87° 1.967'

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In 1891 former slave J.M. Morton established the first undertaking business to serve African Americans in Maury County. Known later as A.J. Morton E Sons Funeral Home, descendants of Morton owned and operated the business for almost 100 years. Located in the center of the African American business district, this funeral home was vandalized during the 1946 Columbia Race Riot. Owner James E. Morton was charged as an accessory before the fact in connection with the riot but was acquitted. This incident was the first major post World War II racial incident in the state which demonstrated African American's willingness to openly oppose de jure segregation.
Placed ByTennesse Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 497030 N 3941063
Decimal Degrees35.61333333, -87.03278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 36.8', W 87° 1.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 36' 48" N, 87° 1' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)931, 615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 E 8th St, Columbia TN 38401, US
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