Trevecca Nazarene University

Civil Rights photography display

This photograph, dated May 10, 1963, depicts a Civil Rights demonstration held in downtown Nashville in resistance to the segregated eating establishments. This photograph is currently on display in Waggoner Library and is on loan from the Nashville Public Librarys Civil Rights Collection.
In conjunction with the University’s observance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Waggoner Library is currently host to photographs on loan from the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Collection.

The photographs, taken between 1960 and 1964 in the Nashville area, appeared inthe two local newspapers at the time—The Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville Banner. The black and white photographs also feature text researched by the public library staff and collected from local citizens with knowledge on the subject.

The photographs tell the story of the students of the city’s four black colleges and their primarily nonviolent protests against segregated lunch counters and other public accommodations that began on February 13, 1960, after three months of preparation and planning. Nashville’s sit-in campaign became a major component of the civil rights movement against racial segregation and injustice in the South and elsewhere across the United States.

The display will be available for viewing from January 11 through January 24. This will have great significance during the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15.