Locating Slavery's Legacies

The Locating Slavery’s Legacies database (LSLdb) is an initiative to collect information about monuments and memorials linked to the Civil War and Confederacy on American college campuses.

Lone Rock Convict Stockade Project

From 1870 until 1895, tens of thousands of primarily African American men, women, and children were forced to work in industries that came to define the ‘New South’ after the Civil War, including coal mines, iron mines, and coke ovens. Archaeologists are now exploring the lives and experiences of these individuals through an examination of the places they were held: convict stockades.

Colleges Partnering with Communities

The Colleges Partnering with Communities Project consists of an inter-campus network of undergraduate courses at liberal arts colleges across the Southern region in which students are partner with representatives of local communities of color to develop online exhibits, archives, and other locally oriented projects that confront the history and legacies of racial inequities within shared communities.

Sewanee Black History Project

For more than 160 years African American people have lived and worked in this university community and shaped its history. Save Sewanee Black History is an online archive of their lives and experiences and a public education program dedicated to ensuring that the people of this community are remembered and honored.

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive

From 1619 to beyond, black craftspeople, both free and enslaved, worked to produce the valued architecture, handcrafts, and decorative arts of the American South. The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of black craftspeople and the objects they produced.

Special Collections in Southern Studies

The William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections houses numerous archival collections that have been made available with support from the Center for Southern Studies. 

Mine21 Documentary

On December 8, 1981, thirteen coal miners lost their lives as the result of an explosion at the No. 21 Mine, an underground coal mine near Whitwell, Tennessee. Mine 21 is a 25-minute documentary film about the communities affected by the disaster.