Highlight: The Lone Rock Stockade Project

Dr. Camille Westmont discusses her research on convict leasing in southern Middle Tennessee, including updates on her archaeological and archival findings.

Colleges Partnering with Communities

The Colleges Partnering with Communities Project consists of an inter-campus network of undergraduate courses at six liberal arts colleges across the Southern region: Fisk University, Centre College, Rollins College, the University of Richmond, the University of the South, and Washington and Lee University. Our students are partnering this academic year with representatives of local communities of color who have deep historical links to our respective campuses. The students and community groups are jointly developing online exhibits, archives, and other locally oriented projects that explore those connections and confront the history and legacies of racial inequities in our shared communities.

Lone Rock Convict Stockade Project

This project is directed by Southern Studies Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Camille Westmont -- 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.

Sewanee Black History Project

This project is co-directed by Professors Woody Register and Tiffany Momon and is supported by the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation -- 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 on this mountain and a public education program dedicated to ensuring that the people of this community are remembered and honored.

Black Craftspeople Digital Archive

This project was founded and is directed by Southern Studies Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Tiffany Momon -- 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.