"Not just any log cabin: Prime example of upward mobility during Reconstruction and beyond"

The one-and-a-half-story log building where Parker Sydnor once lived may look like any old shack – but it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, cited for its significance to African-American history in the era of Reconstruction.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, the structure is representative of the economic progress of the roughly four million newly freed slaves, nearly all of whom were illiterate. The property, once a part of the sprawling Prestwould Plantation near Clarksville, was purchased by Lovice “Vicey” Skipwith, a woman and a formerly enslaved worker, in 1888. It’s best known as the home of the tombstone carver, Parker Sydnor.
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