William Allen

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I learned about African American history from my grandfather. He played baseball with the Negro league here in Nashville. He also shared his African American newspaper that was published out of Philadelphia with me.

My maternal grandmother taught me of the struggle she had as the first department store sales person in Nashville. Then there were the history lessons shared from attending family reunions in West Tennessee.
The most important lesson learned was tolerance of our differences, and most important, love.

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