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)
All events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
Conference Themes and Presenters:
- Building Communities of Faith and Education: Founding Black Churches and Schools, 1866-1900
- Freedom Journeys: United States Colored Troops and African American Identity in the Post-Civil War Era
- August 8th: Emancipation Celebrations and African American Resilience
- Black Cemeteries: Saving Cemeteries, Preserving Stories, Building Community
- Telling Tales: Asking Good Questions and Preserving Great Stories through Oral History Interviews
- Writing the Nelly VanVactor Story
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.