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‘Gentleman farmer’ Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston honored with historical marker

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CORDOVA, Tenn. — Saturday in Cordova, the man known as East Shelby County’s “gentleman farmer” was honored with a historical marker from the Shelby County Historical Commission.

The marker is across from the TVA substation on Lenow Road.

The late Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston once owned the land where the TVA facility sits. In 1963, he sold part of his farm so the TVA could build.

The historical marker brings attention to the African-American man who overcame the obstacles thrown in front of him.

Pinkston became an important landowner and physician.