Curious Nashville: A Tombstone Mystery About Who ‘Turned From Bloodkin’

Margaret McCutchen's tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph "She Turned From Bloodkin." Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN
Margaret McCutchen’s tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph “She Turned From Bloodkin.” Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN

The winning question in our very first Curious Nashville voting round led us on a circuitous path — but we are pleased to say that we found the answer.

WPLN listener Rachael Edge asked the question:

In the Nashville City Cemetery, there’s a grave that says ‘Margaret H. McCutchen — She Turned From Bloodkin.’ What’s the story behind that?

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Movers & Thinkers #3: Discoverers

Marcus Whitney, Ann Powers and Leon Bellan talk about discovery at the Movers & Thinkers live conversation.
Marcus Whitney, Ann Powers and Leon Bellan talk about discovery at the Movers & Thinkers live conversation.

There is almost nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of discovering something new — being the first to realize an idea’s potential. This month on the docket, three people whose careers revolve around discovery: Leon Bellan, an engineer at Vanderbilt University who creates artificial blood vessels with a cotton candy machine; Ann Powers, an NPR Music blogger and critic (and a very recent transplant to Nashville) who curates undiscovered music; and Marcus Whitney, a serial entrepreneur who mentors and invests in tech startups.

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Movers & Thinkers #1: Invisible Movers

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Sometimes the biggest influencers are the people you don’t see — those who are working behind the scenes in fascinating places or whose work is often anonymous. This episode on the docket: Lisa Donovan, acclaimed pastry chef, formerly of Husk Nashville; Celene Aubry, letterpress poster maker at Nashville’s iconic Hatch Show Print; and Alexander Berta, cybersecurity expert with KPMG.

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