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Morristown College History Day set for April 14

MORRISTOWN, TN - As a part of East Tennessee PBS' regional Black History initiative, "Black in Appalachia," the From Africa to Appalachia Foundation and Rose Center are inviting residents and Morristown College Alumni to come share documents, photos, films, and items related to their time and history at Morristown College.

Residents and alumni who have physical documents and photographs can bring them to the Rose Center in Morristown on Saturday, April 14, from 9 to 5, where volunteers and staff will digitize and catalog them on site. All materials will be returned to participants the same day, along with a free thumb drive containing digital versions of the materials they brought.

In partnership with the From Africa to Appalachia Foundation, East Tennessee PBS is continuing to engage with residents across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to help preserve, document and highlight the history, culture and contributions of Black communities in the Mountain South.

As seen with the removal of the physical Morristown College campus, we recognize our region's African American legacy requires neighbors and organizations to actively preserve and document that history or it will be erased. The Black in Appalachia initiative works to raise the visibility of and to validate the importance of Black cultural and historic infrastructure and stories for all residents of our region.

Digitized Morristown College materials will ultimately be made available to the public through an online database, the Hamblen County Archives and the East Tennessee History Center's McClung Collection. Participating organizations will also receive copies of all collected materials in digital form.

Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity will be providing free refreshments for this event.

Rose Center is located at 442 W. 2nd North Street in Morristown.

Published April 11, 2018

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