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Many Rivers to Cross in Nashville

Nashville Public Television produced four videos on local African American history to accompany The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

WLAC Radio

WLAC in Nashville was one of the first 50,000 watt radio stations to play music by black artists. At night, it could be heard as far away as Canada, and helped change the musical tastes of American youth in the 50’s.

The Colored Tennessean

After the Civil War, Nashville’s African American newspaper, The Colored Tennessean, ran public notices from former slaves looking for their lost family members.

Trolley Car Boycott

Dr. Tommie Morton-Young tells the story of the 1905 Trolley Car Boycott in Nashville, TN in response to Jim Crow laws enacted to segregate Nashville’s trolleys. African-Americans refused to ride, and a local black businessmen started the first African-American trolley company in response.

A Family Heirloom

Dr. Tommie Morton-Young shares the story of a treasured family heirloom, reminding viewers of how everyday objects can keep us connected to our roots. The heirloom has been in her family for almost nine generations and belonged to a young woman who was kidnapped and then enslaved.

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