To commemorate Black History Month, the Historic Sam Davis home will host two free talks on February 20th. The first will be at 11:00 am and the second will be at 1:00 pm. Since seating space is limited, we ask that you please pre-register for this event by clicking here.
11:00am - The Life and Legacy of Sampson Keeble
Born enslaved in Rutherford County in 1833, Sampson Keeble worked diligently to become Tennessee’s first African American legislator, serving in the 38th General Assembly (1873). His birthplace, Stoney Lonesome, was less than three miles away from the Sam Davis Home. During the Civil War, Sampson Keeble operated a printing press in Murfreesboro. In the Jim Crow era, he worked tirelessly to help African Americans secure rights. He started his career as a pressman, and within a few short years became one of the wealthiest African American men in Nashville while working as a barber, director of the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Bank, and ground breaking state legislator.
1:00pm - The Long Road: The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, 1860s-1960s
The end of the Civil War brought enormous changes in America, but the fight was only beginning for some. This talk highlights the work of Ida B. Wells, the Highlander Folk School, the sit-in protests in Middle Tennessee, and the early African American legislators.
Speaker: Ashley Layhew
Ashley Layhew is a native Nashvillian. She is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Tennessee State University. She currently works for the Tennessee State Museum.