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Celebrate Black History Month in TN!

Take a day trip with the family to one of these historic sites and learn about the struggles and triumphs of African Americans who helped build our country.

Middle TN

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National Museum of African American Music

211 7th Ave N #420, Nashville

The newly opened 56,000-square-foot museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating more than 50 genres and styles created, influenced or inspired by African Americans. With more than 1,500 artifacts, objects, memorabilia and clothing, the museum’s seven galleries share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history.

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Belle Meade Historic Site

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville

In 1807 Belle Meade was a cabin and 250 acres. Today, you can explore the the original cabin, a slave cabin and a massive Carriage and Stable House built in 1892. Guided tours available.

McLemore House
McLemore House Museum

446 11th Ave. N., Franklin

This house, purchased by ex-slave Harvey McLemore in 1880, was in the first African American middle class neighborhood in Franklin. The house now serves as a museum that promotes cultural preservation.

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Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center

415 S Academy St, Murfreesboro

Showcasing art inspired by the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the month of February, this museum worked with all ages of students to create a timeline of artwork showing off the creativeness and talents of the community’s artists. Call for more information on private tours.

West TN

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Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center

200 Church St., Henning
3 hours West of Nashville

The boyhood home of author Alex Haley (Roots: The Saga of an American Family) is located in Henning. The inside of the home has been restored to the way it looked in 1921 when Haley was born; exhibits feature Haley’s work, childhood memorabilia and references to the people who inspired the characters in Roots.

Tina Turner Museum - World's Largest Collection Of Her Memorabilia
Tina Turner Museum and Flagg Grove School

121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville
2 and a half hours West of Nashville

Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tina Turner was born in Nutbush – which she made famous with her hit, “Nutbush City Limits.” Turner attended a one-room schoolhouse located in Brownsville – one of the first schools built in the South for African-Americans. Visitors can explore the largest known collection of Turner’s costumes and memorabilia.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music – Tennessee Arts Commission
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis
3 hours West of Nashville

Experience the story of Stax Records, one of the most famous recording studios in the world, through interactive exhibitions and artifacts. The museum shares how creative individuals came together to write, record and produce some of the best soul music in Memphis, regardless of skin color or background.

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Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

826 N. 2nd St., Memphis
3 hours West of Nashville

Once known by many as a stop on the Underground Railroad, descend into the dark cellar and peer through trap doors and hidden passageways where slaves were harbored.

East TN

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Beck Cultural Center

1927 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville
3 hours East of Nashville

From cultural and scientific achievements to postal stamps through the years honoring African Americans, see the vast ways African Americans have influenced politics and social culture.

Green McAdoo Cultural Center
Green McAdoo Cultural Center

101 School St, Clinton
3 hours East of Nashville

Visitors can learn about the courageous story of the Clinton 12. Step inside a 1950s classroom and see what life was like under “Jim Crow” laws. Follow the chronological story of the desegregation of the Clinton High School with life-size photographs and narratives.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.