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Similar Stories of Freedpeople on ‘Mercy Street’ and in Tennessee

Published on March 6, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum The Season 2 finale of Mercy Street ties up a number of plotlines while leaving a few lingering questions. One of the major themes of the series is how African Americans continued their march toward freedom and in telling these stories, Mercy Street also hits upon the main injustices […]

As on ‘Mercy Street,’ Spying and Smuggling Were Common in Civil War Tennessee

Published on January 30, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Spoiler alert: This blog post may contain plot spoilers. In The House Guest, this week’s Mercy Street episode, Alice Green feigns love for a Union soldier in order to gather information for the Rebellion. This scheme turns out to be more dangerous than she thought and results in tragic […]

‘Mercy Street’ Battles Smallpox in Season 2 Opener

Published on January 23, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum In the opening episode of Season 2 of Mercy Street, a smallpox epidemic ravages a camp for freed African Americans. Mansion House’s doctors initially ignore the epidemic, viewing it as a “slave disease,” until Nurse Mary Phinney eventually convinces the hospital to take it seriously. This was an all […]

‘Mercy Street’ Civil War Drama and State Museum Curator’s Blog Return

Published on January 20, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

Mercy Street, PBS’ original Civil War drama in more than a decade, returns for a second season Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Again this year we’ve invited Tennessee State Museum curator Rob DeHart to write a weekly blog post that will draw on the museum’s collection to localize the story to the Middle Tennessee […]

As in Mercy Street, the Civil War brought roads to freedom

Published on February 26, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

Watch the Mercy Street series conclusion online at video.wnpt.org through March 6. Inside Mercy Street, a behind-the-scenes feature about the series, airs 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12.   By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum A recurring theme in Mercy Street is the possibility of freedom embraced by African-Americans during the Civil War. As the story […]

For Mercy Street’s patients infection was the main enemy

Published on February 11, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Each of the last three Mercy Street episodes featured a dramatization of 19th-century surgical procedures: leg amputation, skull surgery (trephination) and a cesarean operation. In each case Dr. Foster and his assistants performed the procedures in non-sterile conditions and yet the patients survived. The first was a fairly common […]

Mercy Street’s premise parallels Nashville family’s story

Published on January 28, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Mercy Street is set in Alexandria, Va., but it could have easily been set here in Nashville. After the start of its occupation of the city in February 1862, the Union Army established more than 20 hospitals in confiscated schools, churches and private residences in Nashville. By early 1863, […]

Mercy Street, PBS’ new Civil War drama, covers many historical themes

Published on January 21, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

Mercy Street, PBS’ first original American drama in more than a decade, is set in a military hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Va., during the Civil War. The series airs 9 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 21, with a midweek encore Thursdays at 9 p.m. During the run of the show, Rob DeHart, a curator at the […]

New Civil War drama starts Jan. 17 on NPT; local curator writes guest blog

Published on January 8, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

Mercy Street, PBS’ first original American drama in more than a decade, premieres Sunday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. Set during the Civil War, Mercy Street was inspired by real people and follows the lives of two volunteer nurses – New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate belle Emma Green – working in Mansion House, […]