Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Inc.
1927 Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
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Our museum is open during the following hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00AM - 6:00PM
In the event of inclement weather we operate on the Knox County School Schedule. Please See knoxschools.org.
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We have Permanent Exhibits and Feature Exhibits. Prepared to be intrigued.
WHAT IS THE EIGHTH OF AUGUST?
In Knoxville, oral accounts from local area residents note the Eighth of August as, “The one day of the year when black people could go to Chilhowee Park and enjoy a great day of celebration!”
While history records that on January 1, 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation declared that all slaves held in locations in conflict with the United States were henceforth free, Tennessee Military Governor, Andrew Johnson, freed his personal slaves on August 8, 1863. This date became known as Emancipation Day throughout the region and annual celebrations, dating back to as early as 1871 in Greenville Tennessee, have taken place in recognition of this significant date in our nation’s history.
In April of 2007, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed House Bill No. 207 into law, officially noting that, “August 8 of each year shall be observed as “Emancipation Day,” to be proclaimed as such by the governor, to honor and recognize the celebration of the action of Andrew Johnson in freeing his personal slaves on August 8, 1863, and the significance of emancipation in the history of Tennessee.”
In keeping with Emancipation Day, (the Day of Freedom), Chilhowee Park was only open to African Americans one day a year, August 8, and this continued until 1948.
AUGUST 8, 2015 AT CHILHOWEE PARK
To commemorate and to celebrate, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Inc. (Beck) will host its inaugural “Eighth of August Jubilee“ celebration at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Celebration activities will include a full day of music, food, entertainment, games and activities for the entire family.
Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE not only for the 2015 celebration but every year on the second Saturday in August Knoxville will celebrate the “Eighth of August Jubilee.”
WHY SHOULD ALL PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE EIGHTH OF AUGUST?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s understood, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The Eighth of August is an occasion to not only to reflect on a pivotal point in American History, but also a tremendous opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to create the beloved community.
For this reason the overarching theme for the occasion is
“To Engage Educate & Inspire
Preserve The Past and Celebrate The Future For Everyone.”
We invite the entire greater community to join along with us.