Few today are interested in Negro history because they feel the matter already settled: the Negro has no history.
This dictum seems neither reasonable nor probable. I remember my own rather sudden awakening from the paralysis of this judgment taught me in high school and in two of the world's great universities. Franz Boas came to Atlanta University where I was teaching history in 1906 and said to a graduating class: You need not be ashamed of your African past; and then he recounted the history of the black kingdoms south of the Sahara for a thousand years. I was too astonished to speak. All of this I had never heard and I came then and afterwards to realize how the silence and neglect of science can let truth utterly disappear or even be unconsciously distorted. Black Folk Then and Now (1939) Dr. W. E. B. Dubois
Click on the titles below to read important history from the African American community of Haywood County, Tennessee.
An Account of Late 1950s Events in Haywood County
Dr. John Frank Evans, Second Generation Medical Practitioner
Dr. John William Evans, 1874 - 1946!
Dr. Joseph B. Logan, Long Time Stanton, TN Physician!
Dr. William L. Watkins: Brownsville Dentist 1924-1936!
Dr. William Ollie Irving 1887 - 1941
Everybody Had An Outside Hustle
Families Educating Their Children
Feeding Ourselves: The Family Garden
GMHS Sometimes Gets Something Wrong!
High School A Hundred Years Ago
History Is More Than Accomplishments of Individual Persons
It's Important That We Share
Juneteenth, The USA Finally
Celebrates the Abolishment of Slavery
Life During Enslavement in Haywood County
Life for the Enslaved
Life Is Sometimes Dangerous
Reaching Out To The World
Remembering the Details of 20th Century Tenant Farming
She Changed Her Name To Gustava When She Was Eighteen
Snakes in the Cotton Field
The Rituals of Spring
Those Days When We Picked Cotton
Was One of the 20 Plus Africans Landed at Jamestown in 1619 an Ancestor?
Was This A Sign Of A Growing Movement Across the South?
Wesley Wills and The Lebanon African American Cemetery
What Haywood County Lost When Citizens’ Voting Rights Were Illegally Repressed?
Where Did Your People Come From?