History students restoring forgotten Cookeville cemetery

History students restoring forgotten Cookeville cemetery

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COOKEVILLE (AP) - U.S. history students from Tennessee Tech and Nashville State Community College are restoring a Cookeville cemetery that was nearly forgotten, and they are seeking information on those who were buried there.

The Cookeville Buck Cemetery was set apart for African Americans when they were not allowed to be buried with white residents.

Many of the graves do not have gravestones, but burial records show there are a Spanish American War veteran and veterans of World War II and the Korean War buried there.

Carolyn Powell is a teacher who is coordinating the volunteer efforts.

She told the Cookeville Herald Citizen that the project contributes to students' knowledge of history. It also gives them hands-on experience and allows them to apply some of what they are learning.

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