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Morristown & Hamblen County, TN
Formed after the US Civil War from parts of Grainger, Jefferson and Hawkins Counties. Due to this post-emancipation political formation, it can be difficult to trace Black families to modern areas of the County.
Pineville School Hamblen County Tennesse
Pineville School was one of the earliest & longest operating Black primary schools in the county. In 1939, it combined with Golda & Lowland's one room schoolhouses. In 1947, Russellville's 7th & 8th graders began attending Pineville and one year later, the school would absorb Whitesburg's Black students.
In 1954, the new brick Miller Boyd school was built nearby to replace Pineville.
Morristown College History Project
From 1881 to 1994, Morristown, Tennessee enjoyed presence of Morristown Normal and Industrial College, a historically Black college created to serve the educational needs of the area’s African-American residents.
Built on the grounds of the old slave market, the college campus has now been purchased by the City of Morristown and all buildings have been demolished. The site has been turned into a city park, named "Hertiage Park".
Despite is, there is a strong narrative and huge body of historic materials associated with this late learning institution still available from the caretakers of this Historically Black College.

In April of 2018, Black in Appalachia partnered with The Africa to Appalachia Foundation to begin the process of digitizing, cataloguing and making available materials associated with late HBCU, Morristown College. This project will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.

View the Morristown College materials here

If interested in contributing to this collection or volunteering,

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Morristown College Documentary Project
Since 2017, Black in Appalachia has been engaged in the production of a short documentary film,
Morristown College: A School for Freedom”.
This film is being made through a partnership with the local alumni association, Reunion of the Ages
View some of the oral histories and interviews below:
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