Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Unveiling Hidden Black History in East Tennessee

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Nestled in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center emerges as a beacon of Black history, a sanctuary of stories waiting to be discovered. As February unfolds, Black History Month casts a spotlight on this institution and its mission to preserve and narrate the African American experience in East Tennessee.

A Hidden Trove of History

Reverend Reneé Kesler, the center’s president, emphasizes the vastness of Black history that remains hidden from public consciousness, despite the center’s collection of around 50,000 artifacts. This impressive archive is largely attributed to the efforts of historian Margaret Carson, whose dedication has ensured that countless stories will not be lost to time.


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