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More Black History Month Resources Now Available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives
(Published: February 3, 2011)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is proud to announce several new resources that have become available in time for this month’s celebration of Black History Month. People interested in learning about African-American history in Tennessee are encouraged to use these new books and other primary source materials.

“The State Library and Archives has a wealth of information that can be useful to students, teachers and others who are doing research related to Black History Month,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I hope Tennesseans will take full advantage of the materials available in our collections.”

TSLA is a division of the Tennessee Department of State.

The new research collection “African American Collections of Note at TSLA” houses photograph databases, manuscript collections, virtual archives and genealogical resources. The collection’s online exhibits provide profiles of African-American legislators who served during the 19th Century, teaches researchers the unique methods for tracing African American genealogies and exposes the influence of women’s suffrage on the abolition movement.

Some of the new books include: African Americans of Giles County by Tonya M. Hull and Carla J. Jones; The Eyes of Willie McGee: a Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard and Preaching with Sacred Fire: an Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present by Martha J. Simmons and Frank A. Thomas.

New multimedia resources also became available this week: Video and printed materials on the unveiling ceremony for the Sampson W. Keeble sculpture in the State Capitol are available along with a DVD entitled “They Chose Freedom: What Happened When Negro Farmers Registered to Vote in Haywood and Fayette Counties, Tennessee.”

The State Library and Archives building, located at 403 Seventh Avenue N. in downtown Nashville, is open to the public from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, excluding state holidays. Some public parking is available in front, on the side and in the rear of the building. Online exhibits from the “African American Collections of Note at TSLA” are also available any time at http://state.tn.us/tsla/