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Black History: Knoxville's Black Experience - Firsts

We're highlighting stories that played an integral role in the foundation and development of African Americans in East Tennessee.

Diamond Carroll, William Winnett

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Published: 9:18 AM EST March 1, 2023
Updated: 2:26 PM EST March 1, 2023

Black History Month is a time for people to honor and focus attention on African Americans who made contributions and sacrifices that helped shape the nation.

East Tennessee has many stories of how African Americans made improvements within its region.

From Knoxville's first Black millionaire to the first Black-owned radio station to Knoxville's first Black cemetery, there is so much history that is explored. 

This is the journey through East Tennessee's Black history.

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