As part of Black History Month, Linebaugh Library plays host to Murfreesboro native and author Devora E. Butler for a special lecture about the history of African-Americans in Rutherford County.
Butler will be speaking at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the library’s Reading Room.
As a native of Rutherford County, Butler has listened and recorded the stories of locals who have contributed to the black community.
Butler shares these stories along with the history of Rutherford County in her book, “African-Americans in Rutherford County.”
With degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Belmont University and the University of London, Butler did extensive research on the family of James L. Butler Sr.
The Butler farm is a Tennessee Century farm, one of only four black-owned farms with such a designation. Located on Old Woodbury Highway, the Butler farm has been in existence since 1880s.
Her book shares about this established farming family, history of the area, and includes rare images of the black community in Rutherford County. It is part of Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series.
Copies of the author’s work will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public.
Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro.