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Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation to host first signature event

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The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation will host its first signature event, “Crossroads: Reconsidering Native Americans and African Americans in Tennessee and the South,” from Sept. 13-14.

“Crossroads” will explore the similarities, complexities and relationships between Native Americans and African Americans and seek an understanding of how their intertwined stories are a significant part of American identity. 

The educational initiative was developed with an interdisciplinary approach to the longstanding interrelationships between Native Americans and African Americans and their ties to Franklin and the South. 

“This will be a truly historic moment for the historic Hall and the city of Franklin,” Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Executive Director Rachael Finch said. “The significance of hosting a multi-cultural symposium in such a sacred space will be a remarkable opportunity for all of us to share and hold meaningful dialogue on the difficult topics of removal, enslavement, freedom, citizenship politics and legacies.” 

Sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and Franklin Synergy Bank, “Crossroads” will address the often overlooked interrelationships that connect Native Americans and African Americans and provide attendees a greater understanding of why American Indian Removal, the Civil War, Reconstruction, citizenship, land ownership, race and gender remains relevant in today's modern world.  

Take part in dialogue surrounding Native American and African American history through presentations, panels, keynote speakers, cocktails and conversations. Attending scholars, historians, museum professionals, community leaders, citizens, students and collegiate educators are encouraged to reach out to anyone who may be interested in engaging in these critical historic and cultural topics. 

Early two-day registration is $125, and foundation members are $100. Discounted registration is available for educators and college students.  

To register for the two-day event and Sept. 12 tours, go to www.hfmhfoundation.org/crossroads. For additional information or questions, contact Finch at rachael.finch@hfmhfoundation.org.

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