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2013 Conference: “Echoes of Emancipation”

“Echoes of Emancipation” will be a 2-day conference OCTOBER 4-5, 2013 at TUSCULUM COLLEGE in Greeneville, Tn using visual and performing artists, local and nationally known historians, students in local schools, and community panels drawn from the African American community in East Tennessee to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation and explore the ways in which black families and communities in East Tennessee built themselves up in the years after Emancipation. This conference builds on our very successful 2011 Conference in Knoxville which combined academic sessions with cultural events to engage a diverse audience in our work.

For the conference schedule or the full press release:   Echoes of Emancipation: Schedule of Speakers and Events (8.5 x 14)

Echoes of Emancipation: Press Release

All events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Conference Themes and Presenters:

Arts Programming:

Sammie Nicely, nationally known artist from Russellville, Tn, and Atlanta, Ga, will conduct pastel collage mask workshops with children in local schools and on Saturday evening his show at the Artspace 4 Gallery in downtown Greeneville will open with a reception in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn.  He works in many mediums but his pit-fired clay masks fuse African and Southern Appalachian art traditions. His show will feature works of clay, pastel collage, and found objects.  (Saturday, 6-8 pm)

Horace Smith III will present An Evening with Paul Robeson on Friday night (7 pm) . This stunning one man show tells the story of the life of Paul Robeson, world renowned singer, actor, lawyer, and human rights activist who shook the world with his performances in Othello, Porgy and Bess, Showboat and his advocacy for democracy and toleration.

Other performers include:  Jazz musician Vincent Dial, African drummer Obayana Ajanaku, the Friendship Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Yolanda Treece, The Smooth Sounds of Route 66, singer Kelle Jolly, and saxophonist Casey McClintock.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2013 9:36 pm

    Looks like this will be a great conference. I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Ethiel permalink
    February 7, 2013 12:32 am

    What are the dates for this conference and where will it take place. I want to get it on my calndar since it looks like another great confernece. Keep up the important work AAHA!

    • February 7, 2013 1:42 am

      The Conference is October 4-5, 2013 on the campus of Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.

  3. September 29, 2013 8:54 pm

    Looks like a wonderful event. Wish we could attend. We’ll post a link on our Facebook Page, Best of luck!

    • September 29, 2013 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much for helping spread the word. Looking forward to having you come and have a conversation about the 14th Amendment sometime soon!


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