Museum Exhibit Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Tennessee Sit-ins.February-28-2014
Sit-in at Walgreens, Nashville, February 20, 1960.
Photographer Jimmy Ellis—Courtesy of the Tennessean
An intimate look at the role Tennessee students played in shaping the modern Civil Rights Movement is explored in We Shall Not Be Moved: The 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-Ins – an exhibit featured at the J. Houston Gordon Museum at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The exhibit, on display from February 1 – March 14, features artifacts, photographic images, and audio-visual media related to the nonviolent direct action campaign to end racial segregation at lunch counters in downtown Nashville which occurred from February 13 to May 10, 1960.
Fifty years ago, a handful of Nashville college students from Fisk University, Tennessee A&I (later Tennessee State), and American Baptist Theological Seminary along with religious leaders Kelly Miller Smith and James Lawson, began sit-in campaigns which sparked the formation of a mass sit-in movement throughout Tennessee and the rest of the South.
The exhibit, produced by the Tennessee State Museum, includes historical signage, a letter from a sit-in participant describing a protest, biographical posters, original news footage taken in Nashville during 1960, and other items related to the sit-ins.
The museum, located in the Paul Meek Library, is open to the public, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. For more information, call 731-881-7094.
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