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Conversation Bureau Debuts in West Tennessee

The Tom & OE Stigall Museum in Humboldt presented a selection from our Conversations Bureau, The Emancipation Proclamation and James Baldwin: a Disquisition on 20th Century Equality, facilitated by Dr. Charles McKinney of Rhodes College. Forty people gathered at Humboldt High School—a mix of senior citizens, history students, and the general public—and read an excerpt of the Proclamation and Baldwin’s “Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,” launching a discussion of how these texts reflect the history of equality in America.  The Humboldt conversation brought multiple generations together to share their experiences and perspectives with one another—an occurrence not common in many Tennessee communities.

Jerry Marable, of the museum, states that not only was the conversation educational, but also engaged audiences not ordinarily reached by the museum.   Furthermore, it provided a new and interesting way of furthering the museum’s mission.

One final bonus—the program is free. Find out more about how to host a Conversation in your community.

Click here for a brief interview of Charles McKinney.