Bertie Lindsey, Maurice Mays, and the events leading up to the Knoxville Race Riot of 1919

This post was written by contributor Shelby Davidson (MC’21) and edited by N. Locklin. It has been split into two parts due to length and the complexity of the topic. Knoxville generally prided itself on being an accepting and nonviolent area, but with the end of World War I, Black soldiers returning to lives whereContinue reading “Bertie Lindsey, Maurice Mays, and the events leading up to the Knoxville Race Riot of 1919”

Three Autumn Nights in Knoxville

Ida and Dan White lived in a little four-room house at 36 Hart Ave in Knoxville after WWI and Dan worked nights at the Appalachian Cotton Mill. On September 13, 1919, as she slept in a bed with her six-year-old sister, a man entered her room.  Ida awoke around 3 a.m. to feel a man’sContinue reading “Three Autumn Nights in Knoxville”