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Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

Ms. B. Phillips' article Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville" in the Nashville Scene (2-19-2015) article is a fine job. However, perhaps the article is re-inventing the wheel and may be unaware of the Local Conference on African American Culture & History co-sponsored annual by TSU, Metro Historical Commission, and Fisk, which do a fine job in research, publishing, and distributing continuously local black history every year--since 1981. Even though the article consists of individual profiles already known and not the larger, interpretative picture of local black history, the article nevertheless is commendable. But the article appears to suppose paternalistically and without adequate knowledge that the current African American communities are not on top of the publicizing of their own history, and/or that local agencies are not involved in helping to promote cultural diversity in Nashville. Lastly, relative to the statement: "Much of Nashville's history remains hidden . . .;" really, Nashville's history is lucidly displayed in many books, articles, the Civil Rights Room and Nashville Room at the Downtown Public Library, the Metro Archives downtown, the Tennessee State Library & Archives on 7th Ave. and soon-to-be published online Encyclopedia of Nashville History.Additionally, citation/documentation always should be included even for newspaper articles whenever literary material is already researched/published by other writers, historians, the Local Conference, books, libraries, archives, etc..

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Posted by Lee Lovet on 02/26/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “A hot 1980s band has its final residency in a West Nashville bowling alley — if their arms don't fall off. Meet Rock-afire Explosion.

Sadly the Hillwood Strike N Spare closed but I heard they are seeking a new location in West Nashville or Bellevue. I hope they have the band in storage. The Rock-afire Explosion may rock again!

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Re: “Handle With Care

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Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

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Re: “When it comes to lesbian dating in Nashville, sadly, the clichés say it best

I loved this Story! Made me laugh because it is all so true. :)

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Posted by erinbrock39 on 02/20/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Results of the 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Poor year for country!?! Sturgill Simpson is the best thing to happen to country music in alteast 15 years.

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Posted by MehTeets on 02/20/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

Fine work Bets! And BTW, Mark S, these topics have been in the Scene in past years, but would be great in a feature article next Feb.
I have always wondered about the back corner of Mt Olivet Cem. near the railroad track backing up to Greenwood Cem: Was that a cut off corner of Greenwood? They built the RR in 1916 and the section looks very out of context to that part of Mt Olivet.

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Posted by Curt W. Porter on 02/20/2015 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

Thank you for this excellent, wide-ranging piece. I wish you had spent some time on Edmondson, Bailey, and Jarrett. You glossed over them by assuming folks know about them. I suspect that they are less broadly well-known than you think. I also recommend you look into the Negro League and its lost Nashville ballpark, and a magician by the name of Fetaque Sanders, who was known by his peers in the conjuring arts as one of the greatest of all time. You nodded to Fisk, but certainly some individuals stand out for mention, such as Aaron Douglas, Nella Larson, Charles Johnson, and other eminent members of the Harlem Renaissance diaspora. As far as Roger Williams University, the "mysterious" fires were widely reported to be the work of Vanderbilt students. Never proven, but an odd omission.

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Posted by Mark S on 02/19/2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

Fantastic history and very enlightening! Great job!

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Posted by Karen Maiden America Coleman on 02/19/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

These stories are interesting, but ordinary and hardly durable (save the McKissack story - and there are plenty of local, regional and national brands that have begun in the area).
I'm not sure these stories deserve to be heard any more than a story of any run-of-the-mill person who made a life for him/herself in the past.

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Posted by Ella on 02/19/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Fascinating figures and forgotten stories from African-American history in Nashville

You should have joined us last Friday at the Nashville Conference on African-American History and Culture, where Nashville and Tennessee's African-American history is celebrated annually! This year featured presentations on the Underground Railroad's legacy today, John McCline, King Daniel Ganaway, and Samuel Yette, just to name a few.
Thanks for this great article!

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Posted by NashConf on 02/19/2015 at 10:47 AM
Posted by AnglRdr on 02/19/2015 at 9:52 AM

Re: “How Nashville's own Santa and Mrs. Claus got clipped by Cupid's arrow ... twice

Thank you for sharing these beautiful stories. All seemed sincere and lovely, with the exception of one.
True, Irwin was in the army, but he's never stepped foot off American soil. Saying he fought in Vietnam is disrespect to all those who have actually fought and died for this country. He has a brother who actually served in Vietnam and retired from the military.
As far as being "engaged" for 45 years, Denzel has been married 5 times since 1968, and fathered at least four children, abandoning each one without ever looking back.
This man has never been shot. That's one of the many exaggerated stories he has told so many times that the poor soul has started believing his own lies.
And this beer joint that he owns and operates now, is the first he's ever owned and operated.
I understand you guys from The Scene enjoy hanging out at this dive, but leave it at that.
Focus on the more deserving folks in Nashville to romanticize and write about.
There are lots of truly sincere ones out there.
Sorry, but your Santa Fraud is not one.

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Posted by Virginia Woolfe on 02/16/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “The local family who keeps Nashville (and Rihanna) full and happy

What a fascinating story. Now I know I'm going to try this food.

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Posted by Jean Reed on 02/14/2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Rock legend Roger Waters follows The Wall with the U.S. premiere of his French Revolution opera Ça Ira

John/Regina Donley, Who's music was copied? You've not stated any names, songs or evidence. Even if the lyrics weren't copyrighted, there would still be a legal case proven with chronological evidence. I've never heard of this "plagiarism" before, where are you getting this information? Support your accusations with facts.

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Re: “In a Florida courtroom, Nashville attorneys are fighting in the last great tobacco war

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