Committee Members and Partners

Protecting the Legacy is sponsored and in partnership with


Knoxville and East Tennessee

Community Partners

Beck Center

east tennessee historical society

east tn pbs

Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Committee Members

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

Community Advisors

  • 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

Nashville Public Library

Funding for work in Middle Tennessee is made possible through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee through a grant from the following funds:

  • Ida F. Cooney Fund for the Arts
  • Marguerite Miller Trost Memorial Fund for the Advancement of the Teaching of American History of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


Memphis and West Tennessee

Committee Members

  • Dr. Femi Ajanaku, LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Brigitte Billeaudeaux, University of Memphis
  • Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, University of Memphis
  • Rebecca Price, Chick History
  • Dr. Noelle Trent, National Civil Rights Museum

Community Advisors

  • Dr. Imani Fryar, Memphis Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Felicia Harris, Memphis Heritage Trail, City of Memphis
  • Rita Harris, Memphis League of Women Voters
  • Mary Mitchell, Melrose Center for Cultural Enrichment
  • Brooke Mundy, Morton Museum of Collierville History

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Statewide Task Force

Protecting the Legacy was developed by a Tennessee statewide Task Force:

  • Andrea Blackman, Nashville Public Library
  • Genny Carter, Tennessee State Library & Archives
  • Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, University of Memphis
  • Renee Kesler, Beck Cultural Exchange Center
  • Dr. Susan Knowles, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Rebecca Price, Chick History
  • Dr. Noelle Trent, National Civil Rights Museum
  • Dr. Learotha Williams, Tennessee State University