The Black Community History Project digital archive is a public, searchable archive of digital materials related to African American history in Eastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

This archive is a project of Black in Appalachia and the items on this site are sourced from a mix of local institutions and community members who have generously lent digital copies of their resources for the digital archive.

Black in Appalachia's mission is to highlight and preserve the history of African Americans in the development of our region and its culture. Through research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition, this project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of the Black communities in the Mountain South.

Many thanks to our community lenders:

Greeneville, Tennessee

The George Clem Multicultural Association, The Negro Women's Civic Club, Ms. Manuel, Angela Campbell, Sharon Jefferson, and George Farnsworth.

In addition, thanks to our institutional contributors:


T. Elmer Cox Genealogical and Historical Library

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The Greeneville Sun

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The Greeneville Greene County History Museum

The President Andrew Johnson Library and Museum at Tusculum University

Kingsport, Tennessee

The Great Golden Gathering, VO Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport Library, Sharon Brown, Ronnie Collins, Louetta Hall, Linda Kincaid, Jack Pierce, Calvin Sneed, Raylene Steward, Brenda Taylor-Stuts, Ray Willis, Brianne Wright

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City of Kingsport Archives

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The materials on this site are available for private reflection and research purposes only. Neither the Black in Appalachia Project nor East Tennessee PBS hold the copyright for any materials presented on this website. For questions concerning the use of any items on the site, please contact wisom@easttennesseepbs.org