Robert J. Booker will discuss “Experiences of Black People in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1844-1974” for the brown bag lecture series sponsored by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel. The free meeting is open to the public at noon Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

Robert Booker

The press release states: “From the institution of slavery to the black church, to businesses, politicians, Knoxville College, schools, segregation laws, and much more, Knoxville historian Bob Booker will discuss 130 years of black history in Knoxville. His encyclopedic knowledge was earned through decades of historical research and from the perusal of thousands of pages of old newspapers.

“Much in demand as a speaker, Booker is the author of three books, several booklets, and is a long-running newspaper columnist and a former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. His new book, Experiences of Black People in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1844-1974, will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.

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Written by Sandra Clark
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