Six weeks until Crossroads Symposium!

September 12th will be here before you know it. If you have not yet heard, the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation is hosting its first ever symposium September 12-14, reconsidering Native American and African American history in Tennessee and the the South. We are excited to announce our line-up of speakers. These women and men represent a panorama of disciplines and historical topics–including anthropology, archaeology, genealogy, public history, African American history, Native American history–and are all nationally recognized scholars in their fields.

Tony Boudreaux, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, the University of Mississippi
Title: The Archaeology of Chickasaw Peoples from the Sixteenth through Eighteenth Centuries

Robbie Ethridge, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, the University of Mississippi
Title: Mapping the Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and Regional Instability

David Ikard, Ph.D.
Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University

Nafees M. Khan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Foundations, Clemson University

Barbara Krauthamer, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School, Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs, Professor of History, the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Greg O’Brien, Ph.D.
Department Head, Professor of History, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Title: The Choctaw Nation and Indian Removal

Amanda Paige, M.A.
Public Historian, Paige Historical Research
Title: Negotiating Removal: The Chickasaws’ Road to Removal

Alaina Roberts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, the University of Pittsburgh
Title: Coming to Terms with an Intertwined African American and Native American History and Present

Angela Walton-Raji, M.A.
Author, Genealogist, Scholar, Founding Member of

Learotha Williams, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the North Nashville Heritage Project, Professor of History, the Tennessee State University

We are so excited to explore this vitally important part of our history, as Tennesseans and as Americans, and we hope you will join us at the Masonic Hall in September! In the coming days and weeks, watch our blog for more information about speakers, the symposium, and Native American and African American history.