Opening the Cheekwood Archives

February 29, 2020   |   11:00 AM

Opening the Cheekwood Archives: Discussing the Staff and the African American Community in Nashville from 1915-1940

February 29, 2020 | 11 AM
Frist Learning Center Great Hall

Join Cheekwood for a panel discussion featuring renowned historians and researchers as they share little-known facts about Nashville and its inhabitants during the early twentieth century. During the discussion, new interpretive panels featuring information about the men and women who worked for the Cheek family will be revealed, giving the community a chance to provide feedback before the panels are installed in the Historic Mansion & Museum.


•  Learotha Williams, Associate Professor of African-American and Public History at Tennessee State University and Director of the North Nashville Heritage Project

•  Leslie Jones, former Cheekwood Vice President of Museum Affairs and Decorative Arts Curator, who led the refurnishing of the period rooms in the Historic Mansion & Museum

•  Keneisha Mosley, graduate student of public history at Middle Tennessee State University, who has spent the past five months uncovering the history of the staff who worked at Cheekwood during its time as a personal residence.

This project is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jim Smith, the Cheek’s lead Stable Hand (right)

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