Nashville's African-American History Propels A New Walking Tour
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“Our tours create a space for the black story to be told, so it’s not exclusively a black space,” she said. “We seek to expand the minds of all people.
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“Everyone here is so welcoming and so open,” says Patterson, who hosts African American history-focused treks with her company, United Street Tours. “Anybody coming in will feel a sense of community.”
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“This is so important because a lot of the missing history and the hidden history in Nashville is now being uncovered,” said Patterson. “A lot of people don’t know how significant black history, and black culture is here.”
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Currently, she averages about four tours a week. People can choose from three tours: African-American culture, civil rights, and the Nashville Black Wall Street, or Jefferson Street, which thrived decades ago and is now being revitalized. Patterson said she plans to start a new tour in Franklin that will focus on black history there, particularly the involvement of blacks in the Civil War.
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Patterson has also recently acquired a bus that will be incorporated into the experience in some way, however, details of how the bus will be used aren’t being released at this time. The bus will be a tribute to black history in North Nashville.
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