Phillip Thompson

Phillip J. Thompson was a 1931 Eagle Scout from Troop 84. Charles Peacock's scrapbooks and local newspapers reported him as being the first African-American Eagle Scout in the State of Tennessee. In 1934 Thompson earned a Bronze Palm.


The 1930 Census shows a 13-year-old African-American boy named Phillip Thompson living with his aunt (female) Tommie Gill (aged 38) and Phillip's sister Lorene Thompson (aged 12) on College Street.  The 1940 Census shows a 24-year-old Phillip Thompson living on College Street with his uncle (male) Tommie Gill (aged 46), and Phillip's mother Maude Thompson (aged 48).


Phillip went on to serve in the Air Force in WWII and was stationed Okinawa in the Pacific.  He married Mary Thompson.  He later went on to be a service employee of The Purse Co., an advertising agency.  He lived at 754 Vine Street as an adult.


1931-8-13 - Camp Ramsey Norris is Closed

1931-08-16 - Sunday Afternoon Program and Camp Ramsey-Norris

1934-09-02 - Negro Scout News

1960-10-23 - Swedish Acclaim for City Native