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“Becoming North Nashville” is a collaborative exhibit between Fisk University and Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School. Housed in the MLK Library, the exhibit showcases the photo archives from the Fisk University Franklin Library's Special Collections and the Pearl High School archives located at MLK. To create the exhibit, students from an African American History course at MLK and an Art and Ideas course at Fisk chose a set of photographs from the Fisk and Pearl collections, researched the histories of the photographs, then used the chosen photographs as inspiration for creative artistic pieces.


North Nashville is an area with deep historical and cultural roots, yet it also reflects the rapid and sometimes traumatic changes that have occurred in the city over the decades. Sponsored by a "Humanities Research for the Public Good" grant through the Council of Independent Colleges, “Becoming North Nashville” highlights the history of a community, how that community has changed over time, and what communal identity means in the midst of dramatic shifts in the surrounding neighborhoods and city.


The exhibit was coordinated by Dr. Katharine A. Burnett in the English department, with the help of: Ms. DeLisa Harris, Fisk University (archivist); Mr. Melvin Black, Pearl High School (archivist); John Davies, Fisk University (student researcher); Mr. Randall Norton, MLK (instructor); Prof. Alicia Henry, Fisk University (instructor); Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray, MLK (principal and project consultant); Vando Rogers, Fisk University (photography and documentation); The Fisk University Arts and Ideas 208 course, Spring 2020 (curators).


The opening will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 4:00pm in the MLK Library. The exhibit will run through Summer 2020.