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January 27, 2024 - February 18, 2024
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Franklin, TN 37064
ironworks artifacts photo: ledger, cast iron bar on a molten lava background
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“King Iron” Exhibit

Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Tennessee African American Historical Group presents an exhibit sharing the history of furnace workers in Tennessee before the Civil War.

The Williamson County Public Library is pleased to host a brand-new exhibit created by The Tennessee African American Historical Group and funded by a grant from Tennessee Humanities.

artifacts on display: cast iron iron, ledger book with transaction details

“King Iron:  The Untold Story of the Enslaved Furnace Workers of Tennessee” delves into a previously little-known aspect of Tennessee state history and the iron industry of the 19th century. The exhibit includes iron industry artifacts on loan from museums and archives throughout Middle Tennessee, interpretive panels expounding upon the lives and trials of the workers, and a detailed diorama of a 19th-century iron furnace scene. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  It is on display in the upstairs lobby of the library for three weeks, from January 28 – February 18, 2024.

About The Tennessee African American Historical Group

The Tennessee African American Historical Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the rich and varied history of Tennessee.  Our organization’s activities belong to the following three categories as we work toward our mission of sharing Tennessee’s African American history:

♦ We are dedicated to raising funds to create African American historical monuments and markers in Tennessee.

♦ We are invested in ongoing research exploring African American history in Tennessee.

♦ We endeavor to continually share African American history with Tennessee communities through exhibits, articles, presentations, community events, documentaries, and social media.

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