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May 7th Monthly Meeting: Guest Speaker – Ann Walling

Author Ann Walling
Author Ann Walling

Ann Walling grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1940s and 1950s in a family with deep roots in Mississippi and a history tightly bound to the Old South. To a small girl’s sensibility, her family’s lavish Sunday dinners were a liturgy that reinforced strict Southern mores she was taught never to question. But lurking behind the fine china were troubling contradictions, racial injustice, and tightly guarded family secrets.

Told with clear-eyed empathy, Sunday Dinner is the remarkable story of a young woman’s moral awakening amidst a society’s painful reckoning with the past, and of the things we choose to embrace and leave behind about the places we come from and the people who define us. In writing the book, Ms. Walling explored the complicated relationship between her family, and the family of the slaves her family owned. Their story is absolutely compelling and was recently featured on Nashville Public Radio.

Please join us on Saturday, May 7th, to hear to hear Ms. Walling share her story and discuss her book. If you have not read the book, we encourage you to purchase a copy! Ms. Walling will sign books at the meeting and will also have a few copies available for sale.

After the meeting, we welcome you to spend time working on your own family history research; books will be available to aid you. If you are able to join us, please register to let us know are coming.

registerThe meeting will be held at the Nashville Public Library in the Civil Rights Conference Room April 2nd at 9:30. The meeting is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there!


April 2nd Monthly Meeting: The Art of William Edmondson


William Edmondson (c. 1870-1951), was a renowned Nashville sculptor whose entry into the art world was brought about by divine command. In 1937, five years into his craft, Edmondson’s work was featured in a one man show at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art – setting history as the first solo exhibit there by an African American. For the last two years, Mark Schlicher has immersed himself in original research to uncover previously unknown details about William Edmondson’s life and art. Please join us on Saturday, April 2nd, to hear Mark share his work and research for his upcoming documentary, Chipping Away.

mark2Mark Schlicher is a documentary producer, director, and cinematographer with nearly 40 years of media experience. His work has been shown nationally on PBS and The Smithsonian Channel. A longtime Nashville resident, Mark first learned about William Edmondson in early 2013, at the time he started to pursue his own passion for sculpting. Mark has traveled extensively overseas for documentary projects, and shoots regularly for the Associated Press, as well as commercial clients. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in education.

After the meeting, we welcome you to spend time working on your own family history research; books will be available to aid you. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. The meeting is open to the public and we look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

WHERE: Nashville Public Library – Civil Rights Room – Nashville Public Library – Civil Rights Room – 615 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219


February Event – Starting Your Genealogy Journey

AAHGS Nashville invites you to join us February 6th, 2016 from 1-4pm at the Hermitage Public Library here in Nashville, TN.  

Join us and learn how to begin your genealogy journey and how to preserve family documents.  During the afternoon we will also have one-on-one consultation sessions to provide individualized advice. 

The afternoon is sponsored by the Hermitage as part of their Black History Month outreach events.  

The event is free and open to the public – tickets can be obtained by registering at EventBrite.  We look forward to seeing you there!

You can download the handout here


With this event, we are kicking-off our 2016 monthly meetings. With the exception of July & September, we will meet the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-12 in the Civil Rights Room of the downtown Nashville Public Library.  More info to come on future meeting agendas!