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Partnership seeks to expand African-American records in Elizabethton's municipal archives

John Thompson • Mar 19, 2019 at 11:35 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A partnership among Black Appalachia, the East Tennessee Public Broadcasting Service, the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library and the Elizabethton/Carter County Archives will be scanning historical documents, photos, films and recollections of Elizabethton’s African-American community on Saturday, April 6.

The event will take place at Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Horace Leftwich Lane in Elizabethan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elizabethton Archivist Joe Penza said the gathering of archives from minority groups is important because the regular municipal archives have concentrated mostly on the majority population.

“It is important to scan as much of these records as we can, whether they are from families, churches and other organizations,” Penza said.

Penza said the records and documents will be handled by professionals and will be returned to the owner in the same condition in which they were received. The documents will be scanned and the digital record will be added to the local archives.

Penza said that in addition to returning the originals to the owners, a free flash drive of the scanned records will also be given to the owners.

Another feature will be the recording of oral histories.

For more information, email or call William Isom II at: [email protected] (423-0277-7162); or Joe Penza at [email protected] (423-547-6360).

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