I messed up and did not post this when I was planning on posting it for you. There is still the second date open for those interested.
Local Museum Professional to Speak at Historic Sam Davis Home Commemorating Black History Month
SMYRNA, Tenn. – In honor of Black History Month, the Historic Sam Davis Home is hosting special, free talks on Saturday, February 20 and Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Each date will feature two talks on different subjects by guest speaker Ashley Layhew. Layhew is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University and works for the Tennessee State Museum.
At 11:00 am on each date, guests will hear Layhew speak on “The Life and Legacy of Sampson Keeble”. Keeble was born enslaved in Rutherford County in 1833 but soon became one of the wealthiest African American men in Nashville, serving as a businessman and as Tennessee’s first African American legislator in the 38th General Assembly.
At 1:00 pm on each date, guests will hear Layhew speak on “The Long Road: The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, 1860’s-1960’s”. The talk will highlight the work of Ida B. Wells, the Highlander Folk School, the sit-in protests in Middle Tennessee, and the early African American legislators.
In addition to these two special events, SDH invites guests to visit the permanent exhibit “Recovering Their Story: African Americans on the Davis Plantation, 1850-1925” and take a guided tour of the historic home and grounds. Museum and guided tours are not included, but can be purchased the day of the talks.
The talks are free and space is limited. Advance registration is required to ensure seating and can be completed by visiting www.samdavishome.org.