Rachel L. Martin

Rachel L. Martin, Ph.D., is a historian and memory scholar. She is working on Out of the Silence, a book about the desegregation crisis in Clinton, Tennessee.

Stories By Rachel L. Martin

Chasing Nashville’s Ghosts

Growing up, I wanted to get as far away as possible from Tennessee’s shameful Confederate past. It took a stint up north—and a longing for southern cooking—before I made peace...

The Brave and Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner

As the crucible of desegregation enveloped town, a white minister implored his congregation to do the right thing. The violence that followed haunted him until his dying days.