Historic Roads & Trails
The path paved by African Americans in Tennessee was one long and arduous, etched with trials and triumphs, tragedy and victory.
Today, the challenges faced by African Americans throughout the generations, and the accomplishments that followed, are commemorated in the dedicated museums, monuments, landmarks and preserved sites throughout the state.
Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-1992). ...more
Authentic Tours Historic Black Nashville and Middle Tennessee
A three hour experience in the remarkable Black Heritage in Nashville, from the early free settlers through the growth and development of the city. Black educators, historic institutions, military leaders, publishing houses, premier political leaders; personalities including Oprah, W. ...more
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
The Chattanooga African American Museum was founded in 1983 to provide sources of curricula, historical references, creative works, and the media about the identity of Africans and African Americans, particularly those of Chattanooga. Civil War era exhibits include discussion of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. ...more
Hard Rock Cafe Memphis
Located on historic Beale Street in the heart of the downtown entertainment district in Memphis, home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n roll. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-1 am. ...more
Hawkins County Courthouse
Oldest original courthouse in TN, built in 1836, and the second oldest in continued use. One of the most photographed buildings in the South, it was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. ...more