Elizabeth Queener stands on her ancestral home in Columbia, Tenn., with a plaque she commissioned memorilizing more than a dozen Black men who were lynched in Maury County between 1863 and 1933 on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Mike Christen/The Daily Herold
Tennessean - The white mob forced him to climb a ladder in front of a cedar tree.
One of them put a blindfold over his eyes.
One of them put a rope around his neck.
Cordie Cheek was 17 years old when he was castrated and lynched in Glendale on Dec. 15, 1933. He had been accused of raping a white girl, but the charges had been dropped by a Maury County grand jury for lack of evidence.
Amateur sleuth and historian Elizabeth Queener, who is now 84, wants you to know what happened to Cheek and so many other Black men like him. She is the descendant of farm owners who enslaved 140 people, and she is partly driven by shame.
Residents of Mason, Tenn. at a recent community meeting to discuss the financial takeover of the town by Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower. (Photo John Partipilo)
Tennessee Lookout - Attorneys for the Town of Mason said Friday they will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Tennessee Comptroller over plans to take financial control of the majority Black, west Tennessee community located five miles from the site of a future $5.6 billion Ford Motor Company plant.