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I live in Nashville, TN and will use this site as a way to post information that I find and collect regarding blacks associated with the city. Most of the content is likely to come from the Nashville Globe, a black newspaper that was published here in Nashville in the first half of the 1900s. I will also include materials from other newspapers as appropriate and various books and items that I may come across.

If you’d like to know more about me — well,  we might be here for awhile. If I had to be brief, I’d tell you that I’m a medical librarian that loves to search for information and while cross-stitching had been my hobby of choice from 1998 – 2004, after I had my daughter in 2004, I soon found my way into genealogy and became hooked.  Not only do I work on my own genealogy, but I enjoy helping others and in general disseminating information broadly.  I truly am a librarian — I firmly believe in access to information.  🙂  Read more about me here.

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  1. I am delighted to discover your blog! I write a weekly local-history column for NashvillePost.com (click on link above), and naturally it frequently deals with episodes from the history of Nashville’s African-American community.

    I have also been filing away news specific to that community as I go through my collection of bound volumes of Nashville newspapers from the 1880s to the 1930s. I have been intending to scan these clippings and share them with the civil rights room at the library (which a friend and former boss of mine funded). I would be happy to share them with you as well.

    Best of luck in your work. I’m going to give your blog a plug in my column tomorrow.


  2. Ken Kelly

     /  June 12, 2008

    I discovered this site a few months ago when I ran across an article you posted on Dec. 17, 2006 on my great-grandparents wedding titled Kelly-Winfrey, taken from the Nashville Globe: July 5, 1907. My daughter and I have compiled a great deal of information on the family of John H. Kelly Jr, but little is know about him and his life in Nashville while working for the National Baptist Publishing Company in Nashville, TN. He died very young at age 30 of Nephritis. We hope that you are able share or lead us to any information that you may have on him, or his father Prof. John H. Kelly of Columbia, TN. I also have a photograph of Prof. Kelly and his wife accompanied by Prof. R.G. Johnson, his son, and a man that is believed to be Dr. J.P. Crawford. Hopefully you can help identify this man. The posting of the Kelly-Winfrey wedding was one of our major finds throughout our research. The fascinating discovery brought tears to our eyes.

    Much love and thanks for your dedication and the preservation of our Afro American History.

    Ken & Leah Kelly


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