Elihu Embree Home
Backstory and Context
Elihu Embree (1792-1820) established one of the first periodicals in the United States exclusively devoted to the freeing of slaves. His paper, the Manumission Intelligencer, a weekly that first appeared in 1819, was succeeded in the following year by his monthly Emancipator. The latter, with 2,000 circulation large for those days was published until Embree's death in December 1820
A Quaker and slave owner in eastern Tennessee, Embree freed his slaves in 1812 during his conversion to abolitionism.
The Embree House was home to Elihu Embree who was an antislavery activist and editor of the abolitionist newspaper, The Emancipator. The house was part of the Underground Railroad and the site of the September 8, 1863 Civil War Battle of Limestone Station.
The slaves' quarters has stone walls and a fireplace. Several published reports state that a secret tunnel led from the slaves' quarters to a nearby spring. The tunnel was accessed through two oak doors but no trace of the tunnel or the doors have yet been found.