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A Legacy of Community: The History of East Knoxville

From the turn of the 20th century to the modern-day, East Knoxville's history has revealed a community of resilience, compassion, and change.

Chris Salvemini, Beth Haynes, William Winnett

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Published: 2:18 PM EDT May 24, 2021
Updated: 4:07 PM EDT March 25, 2022

Over the years, the East Knoxville community has seen wealth and poverty, development and destruction, and prosperity and stagnation; it has all culminated in a complex history forming the foundation of the community.

Through it all, one constant — the people.

Despite every challenge, there have been people to stand up for one another. There has always been someone willing to work so East Knoxville could see better days.

Starting with the construction of Magnolia Avenue, through the turbulent years of Urban Renewal and looking forward to its future, we are looking at the history of East Knoxville and how it became what it is now.

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