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African American Experiences in the Smokies
Antoine Fletcher of the National Parks Service discusses African American experiences in the region and the work of the AAESP.
In the 1800’s, southern Appalachia was a remote and socio-economically challenged region. Even with its challenges, families survived, thrived, and died in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Although Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSMNP) has documented well-over 150 cemeteries since the 1990’s, African American burials within these cemeteries are not well documented as their white counterparts. In 2018, GRSMNP started The African American Experiences in the Smokies Project (AAESP) to focus on the overlooked history of African Americans in the Smokies and Southern Appalachia. It has pledged to learn more about African American culture through discovered and undiscovered burials. Join us for this virtual event — part of our Historic Smokies Virtual Series — as Antoine Fletcher of the National Parks Service discusses African American experiences in the region and the work of the AAESP.
For over 16 years, Antoine Fletcher has been a devoted employee of the National Park Service. He has worked at parks such as Fort Sumter National Monument, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, and now world-renowned Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He’s contributed to the National Park Service through interpretation and education, partnerships, and currently science communication at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and currently resides in Asheville, NC.
This event will be presented online live via Microsoft Teams, which users will need to download to participate. A recording of the event will be available afterwards at TNMuseum.org/videos. Registration via Eventbrite is recommended, but not required.
1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208
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