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International Storytelling Center (Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239)
Kiran Sirah (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Humanities Discussions
Public Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage]

$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Freedom Stories: Unearthing the African American Heritage of Appalachia

Implementation of a series of public discussions and an accompanying podcast and website that engage professional storytellers with humanities scholars to explore the history of African Americans in Appalachia.

Building on a successful record of providing innovative public programs and serving as a clearinghouse for storytelling and educational resources, the International Storytelling Center’s project will achieve a deeper public appreciation of the history and cultural heritage of African American communities in Appalachia. The project will bring together professional storytellers, humanities scholars, community experts, and audiences for a series of bridge-building, forward-looking planning sessions, public discussions and resource development initiatives. Products to be developed include a podcast series and multi-media toolkit prepared by humanities scholars, which will support the development of similar project featuring collaboration and dialogue between storytellers and scholars across the U.S. The Center will complete the project in partnership with the National Association of Black Storytellers, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and other organizations.