The Beck Cultural Exchange Center (Beck) is the place “Where African American History is Preserved.” Beck was established in 1975 with a mission that has remained unchanged. Beck is as an African American teaching and learning museum and cultural center that serves as a State of Tennessee designated primary repository of black history and culture in the city of Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee. Absent of Beck, there is no single organization in the region that provides this invaluable service. For over forty years, Beck has been entrusted with an extensive collection of historical archives deeming it Knoxville’s storehouse of regional African American History and Culture.
About the Photo of Maurice Mays: On August 30,1919 the race relations climate in Knoxville took a bloody turn and the city became one of the “Red Summer” cities during a time when race riots were erupting all across the nation. Maurice Mays, a handsome black man born around 1887, was accused of murdering a white woman and Knoxville erupted in violence. The National Guard was summoned to Knoxville to maintain law and order during the Maurice Mays race riot of 1919.
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Beck Cultural Exchange Center
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Knoxville, TN 37915
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