Lascassas, Tennessee

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Lascassas (also Las Casas or Las Cassas) is an unincorporated community in Rutherford County, Tennessee, near the city of Murfreesboro.[1] Its geographic coordinates are 35°55'49"N, 86°17'28"W.[2]

The community's namesake is Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566), a Spanish missionary on Christopher Columbus's third expedition who was known as the "Apostle of the Indians" in recognition of his efforts to protect the native population from slavery and abuse.[3]

Lascassas is the site of a public elementary school operated by the Rutherford County school district and enrolling students from pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Current enrollment is about 855 students.[3]

The American actor John M. Pickard was born in Lascassas and died in Rutherford County.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lascassas, Tennessee
  2. ^ Facts about Lascassas, Lascassas School website, accessed April 19, 2008.
  3. ^ a b A Glimpse at the History of Lascassas School, Lascassas School website, accessed April 19, 2008.

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Coordinates: 35°55′49″N 86°17′28″W / 35.93028°N 86.29111°W / 35.93028; -86.29111