Black in Appalachia, an initiative of East Tennessee PBS, explores the roots of African-American influence on the history and culture of Appalachia through documentaries, research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition. This project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of the Black communities of the mountain South.
Exhibit dates: August 28 – November 21, 2020
Location: Atrium Gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Center | 1200 E. Center Street | Kingsport, TN
Kingsport Community History Project for Black in Appalachia-
In partnership with the Kingsport City Archives & the Kingsport Friends of the Archives, The Kingsport Community History Project’s goal is to work with the Black communities of Sullivan & Hawkins Counties of Tennessee and Scott County, Virginia to fully document and make accessible the community’s history.
One major outcome of this project has been the development of a series of mobile Black history displays for use in public spaces. Much of the material collected comes from residents & churches through Community History Days hosted at V.O. Dobbins Community Center. We’re also building a collection of oral histories from participants.
This project began in November 2018 and will continue into the future with ongoing scan & interview days.
For more information, please call the Kingsport City Archives at 423-224-2559