Coming up are two free events that explore an untold chapter in Nashville’s history. Organized by Nashville Public Library and MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, the two programs will focus on patterns and policies that have shaped Northeast Nashville’s African American residential settlement and the role of the community in the Civil Rights Movement.
October 22nd: #1 Recognize the Struggle: Hear presentations by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) history professors Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, director of Albert Gore Research Center, and Dr. Louis Woods, and the Honorable Richard H. Dinkins, Tennessee State Court Of Appeals. Leslie Boone, co-chair of Maxwell Heights Neighborhood Association, will lead a discussion of issues raised when viewed through the lens of history.
October 29th: #2 Celebrate the Lived History: A panel of community experts will share memories of life in Northeast Nashville and a will address the complex issues of cultural erasure and gentrification. Program will feature a multimedia presentation of images from the Nashville Public Library Special Collections. Joseph Bazelais, organizer of the Jefferson Street Art Crawland Televise the Movement, will moderate the event.
This project is a collaboration between community members, local humanities organizations, and scholars to honor the African American history and traditions of Northeast Nashville—a collection of neighborhoods that includes Maxwell Heights, McFerrin Park, and Cleveland Park.
View the official flyer here