The Untold Story of the Maney Family Slaves: A Case Study of Slavery in Murfreesboro

Early twentieth century photo of domestic employees at OaklandsIn August, Oaklands Mansion will virtually host MTSU College Transfer Fellow, Audrey Creel as she presents, “The Untold Story of the Maney Family Slaves: A Case Study of Slavery in Murfreesboro. Ms. Creel’s presentation is based on her thesis which was recently accepted by the Honors College of MTSU. Oaklands Mansion will virtually host the event in Maney Hall as a presentation through the City of Murfreesboro CityTV.

Ms. Creel is a full-time student who also works part-time as a tour guide at Oaklands Mansion. Of this project, she said, “For years, Oaklands Mansion has stood proudly at the head of downtown Murfreesboro. Today, Oaklands Mansion offers tours surrounding the Civil War history of the home. As a wealthy, prominent family in Murfreesboro, Oaklands’ Maney family was one of the largest slaveholders in Murfreesboro. However, very little research has been devoted to the African Americans enslaved by the Maney family. Upon emancipation, this African American community played an influential role in post-Civil War Murfreesboro. An in-depth analysis of two African American Maney families illustrates common struggles faced by African Americans in Murfreesboro during the Reconstruction Era. This study will help broaden the knowledge of the African American Maney community in Murfreesboro and can be used to better understand Murfreesboro history. This project attempts to give a voice to the African Americans who have been overlooked by history”.

Please follow along on our social media sites, as well as, oaklandsmansion.org for program dates and times.

The virtual presentation includes an introduction with special guest member of the African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County, Mary Watkins, and Executive Director of Oaklands Mansion, James Manning. Both are also available after the presentation airs to answer questions about the organizations’ goals and objectives.  Questions can be emailed to jwm@oaklandsmansion.org. Membership in both organizations is open to all interested parties.

Photo: Early twentieth century photo of domestic employees at Oaklands

Early twentieth century photo of domestic employees at Oaklands