Exhibit Highlights African American Lawmakers

An online exhibit dedicated to the 14 African Americans elected to the Tennessee General Assembly between 1874 and 1887 is being updated and expanded in honor of Black History Month. “This Honorable Body: African American Legislators in 19th Century Tennessee” was created in 2006 at the request of the state legislature’s black caucus, and has become one of the most popular online exhibits according to WATE News 6. Updates feature more detailed biographies of the each of the lawmakers and texts of the bills they sponsored while serving in the General Assembly.