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Tennessee State Library and Archives to Host Free Workshop on the History of Slavery in Tennessee  

Author Bill Carey examines slavery in Tennessee based on newspaper articles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Library and Archives will host local author Bill Carey as part of a “workshop series” on Saturday, September 14th. Carey’s latest book, Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee, examines slavery through slavery ads appearing in Tennessee newspapers.
Carey will speak with attendees about the research he conducted for Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls. Carey researched every newspaper printed in Tennessee from 1791 until 1864, including newspapers on microfilm held at The Tennessee State Library and Archives.
When examined collectively, these ads provide scholars and family historians a number of details about the people named within them. Carey said, “They give insight into slavery and how it was supported by governments as well as by industries such as banking and journalism."
Bill Carey has a background in journalism as a reporter for The TennesseanNashville SceneWPLN, and He is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Tennessee History for Kids and author of six books. He also writes a monthly column for Tennessee Magazine.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, September 14, in the auditorium of the Library and Archives, located at 403 7th Ave N. in Nashville.  Following the presentation, signed books will be available for purchase from the author. Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.
While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation visit click HERE


Ignite Unconference

Make Plans to Attend this FREE Professional Learning event!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8am-12noon

Location: Ezell Center, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Ignite: Get Switched On to Technology is an “unconference” that puts the learner at the heart. Individuals attending Ignite let their feet do the talking, attending sessions based on their own interests and needs. Sessions are fast-paced and showcase some of the newest classroom-ready technology tools. You’ll learn practical and current technologies taught by local College of Education technology experts as well as current-service K-12 teachers.

Registration is NOW Open!













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