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Freedom Stories to examine Appalachian Jim Crow days


The second year of the International Storytelling Center’s Freedom Stories series kicks off on Saturday Jan. 9, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a discussion of Jim Crow Laws in Appalachia. 

At the end of the Civil War, the South emerged with destroyed transportation and shipping lines, a devastated economy and no labor force. The North and South agreed slavery was an unacceptable form of American labor, but Black Americans were still an undesirable, inferior race in need of control. 

Over the next 100 years, the Appalachian South successfully re-established their system of racial caste under a new name, “Jim Crow,” a popular antebellum term. 

Join storyteller Mitch Capel, along with Freedom Stories Director Alicestyne Turley and others as the roots of Appalachian Jim Crow Laws are explored as well as its impact on how the region is viewed today.

This is a free event that will take place directly on ISC’s Facebook timeline. If you don’t have a Facebook, you can still watch by clicking the ISC Facebook link, and selecting “Not now” when prompted to create an account.

Freedom Stories is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The initiative brings together storytelling artists, humanities scholars, and community experts to explore and unearth the oft-silenced narratives of Black Appalachian heritage and history. 

The program brings together the folk art of storytelling with humanities scholarship to guide the public through a deeper public appreciation of the roles that African-American stories have played in struggles for freedom, equality, and justice in the Central Appalachian region. This project traces the history of African Americans over time, showing how the past has shaped the world we know today. 

For more information about this project, please contact [email protected]