May 18 – 20: Nashville Digitization Event

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Nashville Main Library
615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219

Friday, May 18: 1:00–4:30pm
Saturday, May 19: 10:00am–2:00pm
Sunday, May 20: 2:00–4:00pm

A team of scholars and archivists will be at the Nashville Main Library to record and digitize material related to African American women’s history prior to 1930 for a statewide humanities project commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

We are looking for family and community history about: suffrage, voting, political activity, Club and Church women, community work, nurses, teachers, and racial uplift.

Our focus is 1930 and earlier.

The public is invited to bring original photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia to the library on the days and times listed above. Items will be scanned and returned to the owner.

Reservations strongly recommended.

Contact Rebecca Price at Chick History with questions.

615-913-2513 or

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.

Protecting the Legacy in Middle Tennessee is organized by Chick History in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, with support from the Nashville Public Library and funding from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

This project is a statewide project. The Nashville Committee members organizing the project in this area are:

– Andrea Blackman, Nashville Public Library
– Rebecca Price, Chick History
– Dr. Susan Knowles, Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU
– Patricia Mitchell, Tennessee State Library and Archives
– Tasneem Tewogbola, Nashville Public Library
– Kathleen Feduccia, Nashville Public Library
– Leslie Boone, Vanderbilt University

Thank you to the following Community Advisors for providing support and outreach:

– Linda T. Wynn, M.S., M. P. A., Tennessee Historical Commission
– Dr. Learotha Williams, Tennessee State University
– Dr. Theodora Pinnock, Meharry Medical College
– Dr. Ashley Bouknight, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
– Gary Burke, Friends of Fort Negley

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