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In honor of this month’s 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Between the Lines: Reading About the Civil War book group will discuss “Slavery in the Clover Bottoms: John McCline’s Narrative of his Life During Slavery and the Civil War,” edited by Jan Furman. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 7, participants will discuss McCline’s story of his childhood as a slave outside of Nashville, his decision to leave home with the 13th Michigan Infantry in 1862, and his experiences traveling with the Union army as a young teamster.

The book group meets at the Heritage Center, located at 225 W. College St.

“John McCline’s narrative is a wonderful account of the transition from slavery to freedom experienced by a Tennessee boy during the Civil War, " said Antoinette van Zelm, historian for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. "He came through Murfreesboro in March of 1863, and his memoir includes moving accounts of the grim aftermath of the Battle of Stones River here. In addition, McCline’s postwar residence in the Midwest and his later relocation to the Southwest provide a great example of the opportunities seized by some former slaves after the war.”

The book discussion group is sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Linebaugh Library, and the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area receives funding from the National Park Service and is administered by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Linebaugh Library, which sponsors several book groups, serves the citizens of Rutherford County through four branches.

The Heritage Center is a joint venture between the Heritage Area, Main Street Murfreesboro, the city of Murfreesboro and the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU.

Additional support comes from the Rutherford County Government and State Farm Insurance.

For more information on “Between the Lines: Reading About the Civil War,” call 615-217-8013 or send an e-mail to antoinette.vanzelm@mtsu.edu.
Tagged under  Center for Historic Preservation, Civil War, Education, Emancipation Proclamation, Heritage Center, History, John McCline, Tennessee, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

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