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For This Juneteenth, A Perspective From Black In Appalachia

William Isom
International Storytelling Center
William Isom

The Black in Appalachia Project - based here in East Tennessee - highlights stories and contributions of African-Americans throughout the Appalachian region, the Mountain South in particular.

On Thursday, the Project’s director William Isom comes to Chattanooga for a presentation at Stove Works, starting at 6 PM, as part of this year’s Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas.

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