2023 Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture (virtual)

Friday, 10 February 2023 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST

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Friday, 10 February 2023 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST


On Friday, February 10, 2023, join Tennessee State University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Metropolitan Historical Commission for the 42nd Annual Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture (NCAAHC), a dynamic celebration of the contributions of African Americans to Nashville and Tennessee history. For four decades, this award-winning conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and others interested in African American history and culture. 

This year's conference will be a virtually-held event and is packed with many new presenters, engaging sessions, and talented entertainers. Our theme this year is “Tell it Like It Is: Exploring African American Public, Oral, and Written History in Tennessee.”

Attendees will enjoy thoughtful sessions from distinguished Tennessee historians, researchers, and authors and will be treated to entertainment from the TSU Meistersingers chamber choir and a theatrical performance from the Fisk University Stagecrafters. The $20 registration fee covers access to the half-day online event and helps ensure that the conference continues for future generations. Registration is now open. We hope you will join us in celebration of the 42nd annual Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture!

For more information about the conference, including archives and speaker bios, visit www.NCAAHC.org.



9:00AM  Opening Remarks- Tim Walker, Metro Historical Commission; Linda T. Wynn, Tennessee Historical Commission/Fisk University

9:20AM  Black Placemaking on the Tennessee Landscape--Dr. Tiffany Momon, Sewanee: The University of the South 

9:45AM  Mapping Tennessee's Rural African American Communities: A Digital Prototype--Zada Law, Middle Tennessee State University (co-authors Dr. Susan Knowles and Ken Middleton)     

10:10AM  Break

10:15AM  To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: Tennessee's African American Lodge Cemeteries--Leigh Ann Gardner, Vanderbilt University

10:40AM  Performance: "God's Trombones" by James Weldon Johnson--Fisk University Stagecrafters

11:00AM  Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star: Women Dedicated to the African American Communal Experience in Tennessee--Darneasha C. Pickett, writer & historian

11:25AM  Break

11:30AM  Oral History and Archaeology of the Black Civil War Veterans, Residents, and their Descendants at the Bass Street Neighborhood, Fort Negley Park--Dr. Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt University; Dr. Andrew Wyatt and Clelie Cottle Peacock, Middle Tennessee State University    

11:55PM  The Political Worlds of George Washington Lee--Dr. Charles W. McKinney, Jr., Rhodes College

12:20PM  Break  

12:25PM  Musical Performance--Tennessee State University Meistersingers

12:45PM  Billy Easley, Photojournalist and Historian--Cassandra Easley, author & historian

1:10PM  African American Perspectives on Metro Consolidation--Dr. Carole Bucy, Davidson County historian

1:35PM  Closing remarks- Dr. Learotha Williams, Jr., Tennessee State University  

The Metropolitan Historical Commission is a municipal historic preservation agency working to document history, save and reuse buildings, and make the public more aware of the necessity and advantages of preservation in Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. Created in 1966, the commission consists of fifteen citizens appointed by the mayor.

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