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‘MTSU On the Record’ searches for African American history in Tennessee

“Places, Perspectives: African American Community-Building in Tennessee, 1860-1920” is the topic of the latest "MTSU On the Record" on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. Guests are, from left, Susan Knowles, Center for Historic Preservation; Zada Law, Department of Geosciences; Jo Ann McClellan, Maury County historian; and Ken Middleton, James E. Walker Library. Host Gina Logue’s interview with the four participants will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27. (Submitted photos of Knowles, Law and McClellan; MTSU photo of Middleton; historical photo from the African American Heritage Society of Maury County)

“Places, Perspectives: African American Community-Building in Tennessee, 1860-1920” is the topic of the March 22 edition “MTSU On the Record” on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. Guests are, from left, Susan Knowles, Center for Historic Preservation; Zada Law, Department of Geosciences; Jo Ann McClellan, Maury County historian; and Ken Middle of the James E. Walker Library. (Submitted photos of Knowles, Law and McClellan; MTSU photo of Middleton; historical photo from the African American Heritage Society of Maury County)

An interdisciplinary project that will shed new light on the histories of four Tennessee counties was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with four participants in “Places, Perspectives: African American Community-Building in Tennessee, 1860-1920” first aired March 22 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Ken Middleton, digital initiatives librarian and professor at the James E. Walker Library

Ken Middleton

Jo Ann McClellan, Maury County Historian (Photo submitted)

Jo Ann McClellan

The guests are Ken Middleton, digital initiatives librarian and professor at MTSU’s James E. Walker Library; Zada Law, director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology in the university’s Department of Geosciences; Susan Knowles, digital humanities research fellow at the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU; and Jo Ann McClellan, Maury County historian.

You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.

logo for MTSU's James E. Walker LibraryCombining historical narratives with interactive maps that link the locations of churches, schools and cemeteries to various primary sources, the project has thus far documented and mapped more than 110 rural communities in Fayette, Greene, Hardeman and Maury counties.

“It’s really to give voice to these rural communities that are not really in history books but have their own leaders, have their own history,” said Middleton, who noted that MTSU student Dravidi Pasha, a major in information systems with a passion for genealogy, also has been a key contributor to the project.

Dr. Susan Knowles, digital humanities research fellow at the Center for Historic Preservation (Photo submitted)

Dr. Susan Knowles

Zada Law, director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology in the Department of Geosciences

Zada Law

Law can use geographic information systems, also known as GIS; advanced remote sensing analysis software; and wide format scanners to pinpoint specific places.

“One of my roles is to take these historic maps and to use GIS to digitally stretch them across the landscape and try to find points … that reference the modern landscape,” Law said.

“We use that to help find the locations. We use that same technology online to make the story maps.”Center for Historic Preservation logo

For more information on the project, or to submit information for possible investigation, contact Middleton at 615-904-8524 or ken.middleton@mtsu.edu.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.Geosciences logo

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.x


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