September 16 – Community Meeting in Memphis: Preserving African American Women’s Suffrage History

Thank you to everyone who came and participated in the July Focus Group at the National Civil Rights Museum to learn more about Protecting the Legacy.

Protecting the Legacy is a project that seeks help from the public to uncover local suffrage stories. We are asking those interested in participating to look through family history for information about African American women that dates to 1930 and earlier.

We are hosting another meeting on September 16 for the public to learn more.

There will be a presentation focused specifically on suffrage, churches, and history we have uncovered to date. The presentation includes how to begin looking through your family and community memorabilia for this type of history (photographs, letters, scrapbooks, etc.)

Saturday, September 16
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Links Center at the National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Road
Memphis, TN 38103

The event is free.

Contact Rebecca Price at Chick History at 615-913-2513 with questions.

The Event is organized by the following 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

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

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

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.