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Johnson County, Tennessee

Created in 1836 from a portion of Carter County, Johnson County is the most Northeastern governmental formation of Tennessee, bordering Virginia & North Carolina.

Black families have a long history in this place, from early colonization to present, with the highest population being recorded just after Emancipation. In 1870, People of Color made up 7.1% of the population (or 418 individuals). Since that time, the Black population has steadily declined.

Shoun's Chapel School was the heart of Mountain City's Black community. The primary school acted as a feeder school for Douglas High School in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee. The original building still stands today.

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Shoun's Chapel School, Mountain City, TN, 1940

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