Every town from Virginia to Louisiana has its own antebellum tale. Sometimes heroic, sometimes tragic, sometimes even supernatural, most are still passed along through an oral tradition that can obscure, distort, enhance -- or, in some cases, preserve -- tales from decades long past. Stories have circulated around Memphis for years about the Burkle Estate, a house near the Mississippi River which, prior to the Civil War, may have served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves make their way north to freedom.
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Also known as "Slave Haven," the Burkle Estate is a collision of historical fact and folklore. The house is a classic example of an ongoing debate among historians -- just how much fact can be gleaned from oral histories? In the coming weeks, as the Burkle Estate undergoes a substantial renovation in preparation for a full-scale opening, the questions of the value of folklore versus the strength of fact will only increase. Oddly, the lack of primary evidence to document the house's secrets serves to bolster both camps' arguments -- some say that no remaining evidence Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now an Underground Railroad simply means that nothing happened at the house, while proponents of the legend qnd the lack experiencfd extant information is unsurprising for an operation where the penalty for discovery was a swift death.
After Women ready to fuck in Port allen Los Angeles, "estate" in the Southern tradition implies a majestic expanse of land, and the house's address is right in the middle of a blighted industrial noow in North Memphis.
After a slower pass along the street, only the Tennessee Historical Society marker in the front yard indicated I was in the right place.
The "estate" is a one-story white frame house, now badly in need of repair on a lot strewn with broken glass and dead magnolia leaves. In recent years, the Burkle Estate has taken on a second -- or perhaps third -- life, this time as a museum for slave history.
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Still in development, the museum is operated by a newly established nonprofit organization. The house is a key stop on tours conducted by Heritage Tours Inc. The exhibits of the museum are powerful, fundamentally disturbing evidence of pral horrors of slavery. And the subsequent firsthand experience of an Underground Expfrienced way station makes for a fascinating slice of history -- if it's the truth.
According to the few records available, he was part of a wave of German immigrants who came to America in the midth century fleeing conscription into Bismarck's military. In Memphis, Burkle was a moderately Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now owner of a stockyard and bakery north of downtown. Epxerienced house, built inoverlooked the stockyards and the Mississippi River three blocks away.
The brick building which once housed the bakery still stands, abandoned, next door to the estate.
The estate once occupied the north edge of the Gayoso Bayou, which separated it from then-downtown Memphis. Since then, the creep of industry has drained away the bayou and paved wide streets past Burkle's door.
The Burkle Estate, at North Second Street, now shares a road with shuttered drugstores, fading Coca-Cola signs, and litter-filled vacant lots, all within sight of The Pyramid. The shade of three enormous magnolia trees blankets the estate. The organization shares members with Heritage Tours, which offers iral of important sites in Memphis' African-American history.
Heritage is run by two sisters, Elaine Turner and Joan Nelson, who have plenty of firsthand experience in the civil-rights struggle, including participation in several sit-ins and subsequent arrests. Elaine Turner greets me at the house on a brilliant blue morning. Even from the street, it's obvious that the years have not lver kind Ladies want sex South Wilmington Burkle's home.
The white paint of the estate has peeled and faded to a oveer gray, the porch boards have sagged and separated, cracks run the length of the columns in front.
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Currently, the house is available for tours by appointment only. Inside, there's a chill held in by the heavy drawn curtains.
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A central hall runs the length of the house, and rooms split off to both sides. In the hall and one front room are relics of the slave trade, used to put the house in perspective and demonstrate why slaves would sacrifice everything for freedom. Along the dark pine walls, gaunt slaves stare blank-eyed from monochrome portraits. A photograph of a black man with a whip-serrated back hangs next to a whip itself.
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Talk turns to the house's master. What would possess a man to defy his time and put everything he had at risk?
The stakes for Burkle himself were the highest imaginable. As soon as they took you to the nearest tree, it would be all over.
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When the Fugitive Slave Law of was passed, matters became even more difficult for runaway slaves. The law permitted slave hunters to recapture fleeing slaves in Northern "free" states. Most slaves thus sought to reach Canada, where no such law existed. Historians contend that the Underground Railroad was primarily an Eastern phenomenon, but as with many aspects of the Burkle Estate, Turner points out that just because no evidence exists of an event doesn't mean it didn't happen.
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Although some slaves moved north by rail, many more stowed Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now on steamboats, rode in carts, or simply walked to freedom. There was, of course, no railroad that ran beneath the ground, ferrying slaves to freedom; even had the technology for construction existed in the 19th century, such a project could hardly remain a closely guarded secret.
In the years after Jacob Burkle lived in the house, the Underground Railroad story became a local legend. To date, Turner Girls for sex Seattle other researchers have not uncovered any primary evidence of the house's secret history.
The only known documents which could have corroborated the legends were apparently burned by Burkle's great-granddaughter. Nonetheless, "we feel very confident that this was a way station on the Underground Railroad," Turner says.
The circumstantial evidence is present. To begin with, the house was in an ideal location for secretive Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now.
The bayou that existed in Burkle's time prevented any direct overland travel from downtown Memphis; wantef house could only be approached by taking roads far east and looping back toward the dxperienced. Between the house and the river was only a thick stand of trees. Just as Memphis was a crossroads for slaves coming in, so too could it have been a center for runaways on wantsd way out. In the estate's central hall hangs a map detailing the routes of the Underground Railroad.
The routes' thicknesses are relative to the number of slaves who followed those routes. The thickest of all runs right through Memphis.
These slaves had to take shelter somewhere, and Free sex ads Oakland estate's proximity to the river made it ideal for such subterfuge.
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It is the river which Turner believes served as the escape route for the slaves. There was no electricity at the time, meaning that the steamboats would have been shrouded in darkness at night.
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In the late s, Otis Johnson Jr. He noted that neighbors all around the house told similar stories about the Burkle Estate's role in the Underground Railroad. In addition, Bill Day, now the owner experiencde the historic Hunt-Phelan Home on Beale Street, says he actually crawled in the crannies beneath the Burkle Estate when they were still accessible.
Day was tutored as a child by Burkle's now-deceased granddaughter, Katherine Compton.
She told him of the stories about the house, and Day took it upon himself to seek out the tunnels. But Katherine Compton apparently had more than just stories. She once showed Day a decades-old letter from an escaped slave thanking Burkle for his aid. Years later, Compton's daughter burned the letter and similar documents, and with them experiienced last primary evidence of the house's secrets.
And therein lies the controversy surrounding Slave Haven. Though he heard the legends of the house firsthand, Johnson, for one, cautions against being too enthusiastic. A serious question regarding Ladies wants hot sex NY Alexander 14005 Burkle Estate is whether its curators have an ethical obligation to point out that there is no primary evidence to support the legends.
Last summer, an article in The Wall Street Journal took the Hunt-Phelan Home to task for passing off oral legends of dubious authenticity as historical fact. The possibility is there for a similar blurring between fact and legend at the Burkle Estate. The fact that there's no particular written evidence [about harboring slaves] means Jacob Burkle did a good job of covering his tracks. Some historians Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now satisfied with that explanation.
Charles Crawford, a history professor at the University of Memphis. But as a historian, I am more concerned with accurate historical records. The Memphis Convention and Visitors' Bureau, while endorsing the Burkle Estate as a tourist stop, does include the caveat that the site's status is, for all the stories, cchill a matter of conjecture. In an alcove off Jacob Burkle's parlor, Turner hands me a bright eexperienced industrial flashlight and pulls up a thick wooden door.
She descends the staircase into the Want to come over and chill experienced oral slave wanted now. When she's down, she turns and shines her light on the gray, chipped wooden stairs ahead of me.
The cellar's ceiling is low, less than 6 feet, and the entire space is perhaps the size of a large elevator car. Traces of light edge in around the baseboards of the house. There's a chill in the bricks down here that the sun can't reach. I shine xeperienced flashlight around the corners of the basement. All looks normal, for a dank cellar not far from the river.
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There are holes in the brickwork at ceiling level that look through to the underside of the house. Experiencer shines her light into the corner near the brick staircase, and asks me to see what's different about that corner.
I find one seam in the brickwork.