A Delicate Balance: African American Women and Suffrage in Knoxville

Where: 
In person & online
When: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00pm

YWCA Cabinet at Knoxville College

In-Person Location and Reservations
East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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Online Reservations
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Description
Nationally, Black women used the African American club movement and their experiences in benevolent societies to advocate for woman suffrage. However, a thriving club movement did not always lead to suffrage activities, as appears to have been the case in Knoxville. Join historian Ashley Farrington for a discussion of the African American suffrage movement broadly and her research into how unique race relations in Knoxville perhaps contributed to a more delicately balanced local effort.

Do you know of stories related to the African American suffrage movement in East Tennessee? Historians rely on evidence from the past to inform our understanding and interpretation today. We would love to have you join us to contribute to the conversation.

This program is one in a series of hybrid Brown Bag programs and Saturday lectures sponsored by the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers. The East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share regional history with our members and the public.

(The above photo is of the 1926 YWCA Cabinet at Knoxville College, courtesy of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection)

About the Speaker
Ashley Farrington holds a bachelor's degree in history from Furman University and a master's degree in history from Pittsburg State University. She taught high school integrated humanities, dual-enrollment United States history, and is currently a librarian at Christian Academy of Knoxville.

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