On November 17-18, 2017, at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, Chick History held its first Digitization Event as part of the Protecting the Legacy project. This project is Phase II of March to the 19th, a statewide, multi-year initiative in partnership with Humanities Tennessee to uncover and preserve women’s history in our state as we near the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.
The event yielded a new archive of dozens of items, including interviews with several African American women in their mid-nineties, that will become accessible as a vital chapter in Tennessee’s rich history when the project is complete. Over the two-day event in November, committee members and volunteers digitized 45 items, which brings the total number of collected histories to date to 61. Once we travel across the state and the project is complete, the final digital collection will be donated to an archive.
Protecting the Legacy 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 is now moving into Middle Tennessee
Work has already begun in Middle Tennessee, and Chick History is proud to work with the Nashville Public Library as our host partner for work in the Middle Tennessee area. We have already secured two participants for the Middle Tennessee event who came to our first Community Meeting in Middle Tennessee, who will share their family and personal collections for the project.
Over the coming weeks, we will have more Community Meetings in Nashville and surrounding counties for the public to learn more. You can visit the project’s website to learn more and keep up to date on events: protect.chickhistory.org