The Battle of Franklin Trust has recently named, Kristi Farrow, as the new Director of African and African American History.
Farrow, who has worked for the organization for several years, has been named director of African and African American history for the Battle of Franklin Trust. Farrow has been conducting extensive research into the people and their families who were enslaved at Carnton and Carter House and leads the organization’s Slavery and Enslaved Tours.
“We at the Battle of Franklin Trust are thrilled to welcome Kristi into this new role,” said CEO Eric A Jacobson. “Kristi will begin to broaden her research and the Battle of Franklin Trust will begin to teach people about how slavery impacted the founding of our country and why this area of study is so important to a better understanding of our civil war.”
Farrow has worked at the Battle of Franklin Trust since 2013, holding different positions such as staff genealogist, executive assistant and tour guide. Besides her time at the Battle of Franklin trust, she enjoys researching and finding lost stories of people forgotten in history.
“Families and their continuous experiences in history have always been my passion: how history impacted people, their lives and their choices,” said Farrow. “The African American journey has largely been ignored within the American experience, but we have learned so much information about the enslaved people at the Battle of Franklin Trust sites and really throughout Williamson County. There is still so much to find! I feel incredibly lucky I get to be a part of it.”
The ninety-minute Slavery and Enslaved Tours at Carter House and Carnton focuses on slavery as an institution and the specific people who were enslaved at each site. While this tour has been offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, The Battle of Franklin Trust will be expanding the tours to five days a week. This particular tour examines one of America’s largest paradoxes: a nation where “all men are created equal,” but millions were denied basic freedom. Anyone that takes this tour will learn about the men, women, and the children who were enslaved at Carter House or Carnton, and how emancipation changed their lives.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.
For more information on the Slavery and Enslaved Tours, please visit the Battle of Franklin Trust website at boft.org.