The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation will host a two day symposium September 13 and 14, with optional registration and tours on September 12, exploring the complex historical relationships between Native Americans and African Americans and seeking a better understanding of how their intertwined stories are a significant part of our American identity. Our symposium will focus on asking specific questions about the complexities of Native American and African American identity, offering new considerations on our shared histories, and holding meaningful dialogue–particularly on the difficult topics of removal, enslavement, freedom, and citizenship politics. Ensuing issues of land ownership, assimilation, and reforms between the 1860s-1930s forever shaped and transformed peoples, property, the South, the American West, and lasting perceptions of American identity.

The symposium will comprise two days of multiple sessions, breakout discussions, an evening public plenary with a keynote speaker, and a landscape walking tour of downtown Franklin that will denote key sites to American Indian Removal, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and collective legacies.