Protecting the Legacy:
African American Women and The Vote in Tennessee Before 1930
This project is organized by Chick History and a coalition of partners across Tennessee. We are digitizing family and local history related to African American women’s political history in Tennessee before 1930. This is an effort to expand the narrative of suffrage, voting, and political activity; and to preserve the contributions and experiences of African American women during this time period.
Project Update: From 2017-2018, Chick History and its partners held a series of community meetings and Digitization Events across Tennessee to collect photographs, letters, and other memorabilia related to African American women’s political history and experiences. We have finished the active phase of collecting items for the collection. Our last Digitization Event was held November 16-17, 2018 at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville. You can read more about the last event and the status of the collection here. The history and data we collected over two years is now being processed and put into final format for donation. We will post updates as necessary.
Thank you to all the donors and community partners and advisors who made this collection a success.
This website will be maintained as an archive of the project and for public reference, but is no longer updated on a routine basis. Please visit www.chickhistory.org to keep up to date on Protecting the Legacy news and other programs and initiatives.
East Tennessee Voices: African American Women & Political History
As part of the conclusion to the collection phase of Protecting the Legacy, Chick History partnered with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and East Tennessee PBS to produce East Tennessee Voices: African American Women & Political History. This piece was inspired by the collection and the histories uncovered, and interviwed women leaders from Knoxville’s Black Community on the history and role of African American women in Knoxville’s and the country’s political history.
News and Videos About the Project
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