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Black History Month events upcoming

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Wilson County Black History Committee will continue to celebrate Black History Month with several upcoming public events. 

The film “Race,” the story of African-American runner Jesse Owens and the 1939 Olympics, will be shown Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the historic Capitol Theatre at 110 W. Main St. in Lebanon. There will be a $5 charge for adults and no charge for children younger than 7 or for those with student identification. The film is rated PG-13.

Archaeologist and public historian Zada Law will present “Landscapes of Liberation: Archaeology and the African American Geography of Civil War Tennessee” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Lebanon Public Library at 108 S. Hatton St. Law led a team of archaeologists, public historians, archivists and geographers who developed an interactive online map showing the landscape of emancipation across Tennessee from 1861-65. Her presentation will discuss the research behind the “Landscapes of Liberation” map and how it can be used to develop a better understanding of Civil War Tennessee and African American history. 

Law is director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology at the Geospatial Research Center in the Geosciences Department at Middle Tennessee State University.

Shannon Hodge, a bio-archaeologist from MTSU, will give a slide-accompanied talk about her research on the skeletal remains of enslaved African Americans who were recently discovered and excavated at the Nashville Zoo – formerly Grassmere Plantation. Hodge’s talk will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Public Library at 2765 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet in the lower level meeting room with parking in the back. 

Presentations at both libraries will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Wilson County Black History Committee’s Facebook page.

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