The Tennessee State Museum presents The History of North Nashville: Building a Community at the February 15 Lunch & Learn
NASHVILLE— January 25, 2017— Bring your lunch to the State Museum on Wednesday, February 15, at 12:15 p.m., for a free Lunch & Learn program presented by Dr. Learotha Williams, Associate Professor of African American and Public History at Tennessee State University. The presentation entitled, The History of North Nashville: Building a Community; Challenging Jim Crow, will take place on B Level of the museum in front of the stage.
Dr. Williams is currently an Associate Professor of African American and Public History at Tennessee State University. He was previously the Assistant Professor of African American and Public History & Coordinator of the African American Studies Program at Armstrong State University and a scholar in African American History, Post-Civil War America and Black Studies at Florida State University.
About the Tennessee State Museum:
The Tennessee State Museum was established by law in 1937 “to bring together the various collections of articles, specimens, and relics now owned by the State under one divisional head,” and “to provide for a transfer of exhibits wherever they may be.”
Today, the Tennessee State Museum is housed in the James K. Polk building in downtown Nashville, where it has been for nearly 35 years. Gov. Bill Haslam proposed and the Tennessee General Assembly approved $120 million in the FY-2015-16 budget to build a new home for the Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall to maximize the state’s rich history by creating a state-of-the-art educational asset and tourist attraction for the state. The governor also announced that $40 million would be raised in private funds for the project.
A new and dynamic 140,000 square foot facility to house the State Museum is currently under construction on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street. It is being built to continue to tell Tennessee’s story in a way that the museum is unable to do in its current and outdated location by showcasing one-of-a-kind artifacts, art and historical documents in an interactive and engaging way.