Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Backstory and Context
The Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s extensive library includes books, photographs, newspapers, videos, audio recordings, and artwork that cover the roles of African Americans in everything from religion and civil rights to sports and entertainment. Most of the library’s content spans from the mid-1800s to the present. The William Hastie Collection, for example, includes some of the personal photographs, letters, and plaques belonging to the first black governor of the Virginian Islands, William Hastie. Beck’s main focus, however, is the African American culture and history of East Tennessee. As such, it boasts a number of local memorabilia. The Austin High School and Knoxville College Collections feature yearbooks, photographs, and bulletins. The Newspaper Collection archives some prints of the East Tennessee News, Flashlight Herald, and The Public Guide, all African American newspapers.
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