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)
10:15AM 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
11:30AM 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
12:25PM 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