The Corbin Expulsion of 1919
Matt O'Neal, PHD Student at the University of Georgia tells the tale of how Corbin, Kentucky became a sundown town on October 30, 1919 with the forcible expulsion of the entire Black population. During the 100 years that followed, the city became synonymous with being an unwelcoming and hostile place for African Americans. For more information see: https://sunupcorbin.com
Knoxville's Red Summer: The Riot of 1919
KNOXVILLE'S RED SUMMER: THE RIOT OF 1919 chronicles the unrest that occurred in Knoxville following the murder of Bertie Lindsey and the attempted lynching of the accused, Maurice Mays. Knoxville's Red Summer includes rediscovered news reel footage of the city, post-riot from 1919. This film was made possible through the materials, audio, and partnerships of: The Beck Cultural Exchange Center The McClung Collection The Tennessee Archives of Moving Images and Sound The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings The Sherman Grinberg Film Library And through the support of: The Open Society Foundation and viewers like you!
Beauford Delaney: Subtítulos en Español
Un corto documental sobre el hijo de un predicador nacido en Knoxville que se convertiría en uno de los expresionistas abstractos más influyentes del mundo. *Traducción de Renata Oliveira Rufino y Jazmín Demarchi Oliveira Para más información, ver: https://thedelaneyproject.org https://knoxart.org/exhibitions/beauford-delaney-and-james-baldwin-through-the-unusual-door https://www.blackinappalachia.org/knoxville
The Swift Story
The Swift Story explores the history of the late-HBCU Swift Memorial Institute, once located in Rogersville, Tennessee. In 1883, the first African-American graduate of Tennessee’s Maryville College, Rev. William H. Franklin, established an institution of higher learning for newly emancipated Blacks in the region. Swift Memorial Institute in Rogersville, Tennessee became a beacon of higher education in the Mountain South for African Americans, demonstrating, not only the power of education but the importance of doing what’s right, regardless current ideas.
Slave Cemetery, Lee County, Virginia
Dr. Amy Clark, Chair of Communication Studies, University of Virginia at Wise became interested in a mystery on her family's land in Lee County, Virginia. Oral history stated that the collection of field stones in the woods was a cemetery of enslaved people that lived and worked on that land. With some verifiable information, Dr. Clark has taken on the task of researching, documenting and preserving this important site. East Tennessee PBS is documenting this process of discovery to help illustrate challenges associated with researching enslaved families and the value of slave sites to our region's education, history and culture.
East Tennessee Voices: Knoxvilles 8th of August
East Tennessee PBS in partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center hosted a conversation with some of Knoxville's Black elders around their memories and reflections on the local 8th of August Emancipation Celebrations. Sharing insights from the era of Jim Crow, familial connections and their hopes for the next generation and the current struggles for equality in Knoxville. To purchase the two disc, 8th of August DVD set: http://donate.etptv.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=8THAUGUST&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=4pMvVI%2biHyR9oMex%2bo9v8q1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d Follow Black in Appalachia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackInAppalachia For more information on the 8th of August: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/8th-of-august Beck Cultural Exchange Center: http://www.beckcenter.net/
East Tennessee Voices: Newport's Tennessee Picnic
East Tennessee PBS in partnership with the Tennessee Picnic Association, hosted a conversation moderated by Mister Ronald Dykes III with members of Cocke and Jefferson County, Tennessee's Black community. Participants shared their memories and reflections of the 8th of August Emancipation Celebrations, called the Tennessee Picnic, locally. To purchase the two disc, 8th of August DVD set: http://donate.etptv.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=8THAUGUST&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=4pMvVI%2biHyR9oMex%2bo9v8q1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d Follow Black in Appalachia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackInAppalachia Follow the Tennessee Picnic Association on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TennesseePicnic For more information on the 8th of August: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/8th-of-august
East Tennessee Voices: Greeneville's 8th of August
At the birthplace of the 8th of August Emancipation Celebrations, East Tennessee PBS, in partnership with the George Clem Multicultural Alliance, conducted a dialog with Greene County, Tennessee elders on their recollections and hopes for future generations around these important events. To purchase the two disc, 8th of August DVD set: http://donate.etptv.org/alleg/WebModule/Donate.aspx?P=8THAUGUST&PAGETYPE=PLG&CHECK=4pMvVI%2biHyR9oMex%2bo9v8q1gzMC6uhq5nDjkJobrCdg%3d Follow Black in Appalachia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackInAppalachia For more information on the 8th of August: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/8th-of-august
East Tennessee Voices: African American Women & Political History
East Tennessee PBS in partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Chick History, hosted a forum with Black women leaders. Featuring moderator Rev. Renee Kesler, Eddie Mae Robinson, Cynthia Finch, Olga Welch and Sylvia Peters, participants discuss issues related to education, voting and political organizing from the Jim Crow era to today. Funding for this project was provided by The East Tennessee Foundation and was produced partnership with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and Chick History. For More Information, see: http://www.BlackInAppalachia.org http://www.BeckCenter.net http://www.ChickHistory.org
The Community History Digital Archive is a public, searchable archive of digital materials related to African American history in East Tennessee. The items in the archive are sourced from a mix of local institutions and community members who have generously lent digital copies of their resources.
Stella Gudger at Swift Museum II
An Interview with Stella Gudger, the-then director of Price Public Community Center & Swift College about her memories of the schools in the Hawkins County area and the associated histories. Watch the Swift Story documentary here: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/rogersville
Robert J Booker on William H. Franklin
In 2012, we interviewed historian and author, Robert J Booker in Knoxville, Tennessee. He discussed the life and career of William H. Franklin, the founder of Swift Memorial Institute, the late HBCU in Rogersville, Tennessee. Watch the Swift Story documentary here: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/rogersville
Dr. William "Tom" Bogart: Swift & Maryville College
In 2012, we interviewed Tom Bogart, the President of Maryville College. He discusses the long relationship between the late-HBUC, Swift Memorial Institute and Maryville College, Dr. William Franklin and the support for Black education in the region. View the Swift Story documentary here: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/rogersville
Lester C Lamon: Swift & Maryville Colleges
Lester C. Lamon, author of Blacks in Tennessee, 1791-1970 discusses William Frankin's founding of Swift Memorial Institute, Maryville College's commitment to Freedmen's education and the struggles through Reconstruction in Tennessee. View the Swift Story film here: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/rogersville
Bobby Lovett: Swift College & The History of Black Education in Tennessee
Interviewed in 2012, Dr. Bobby Lovett, author of "America’s Historically Black Colleges: A Narrative History 1837-2009" discussed the vast history of Black education in Tennessee and the larger forces that led to the development of Swift Memorial Institute in Rogersville, Tennessee. Watch the Swift Story documentary here: https://www.blackinappalachia.org/rogersville