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Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, is situated in Shelby County, Tennessee. Founded in 1825, it was the site of Nashoba Plantation, a community which was intended to emancipate slaves. This utopian plantation was the brainchild of Miss Frances Wright. The settlement was called Pea Ridge in 1833 and the next year, the town lots were surveyed by a man named N. T. German, and the town name was changed from Pea Ridge to Germantown.

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