Protecting the Legacy is a project that seeks help from the public to uncover local suffrage stories about Tennessee African American women. 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 a Community Meeting on March 24, 2018 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, March 24, 2018
Fort Negley Visitor Center
1100 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203
The event is free.
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.
Contact Rebecca Price at Chick History at 615-913-2513 with questions.
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
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
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.