Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Juneteenth Commemoration

  • June 19, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Lecture, panel

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and Valuing the Voice of our Young Adults

4 PM: Unshackled Discussions
A Taste of Soul Food
10 AM - 4 PM Tours, exhibitions and activities

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-F 10-2. Information: 865-524-8461,

Mabry-Hazen House: The Value of A Man: Wiley Mabry and His Mark on Knoxville

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 6 pm, Executive Director Patrick Hollis will give a talk on the life and emancipation of Wiley Mabry.

The story of Wiley Mabry offers a celebratory yet sobering tale of the lengths enslaved African-Americans took to obtain their freedom. Only fragments exist from Wiley's life, yet an 1872 Southern Claims Commission report reveals a fascinating and powerful detail about him: Wiley Mabry bought himself.

Since discovering this fascinating story, more details about Wiley and his experiences after his self-emancipation have emerged. From political activism to marriage, family, and beyond, join Patrick Hollis to hear Wiley's story, learn about Black life in Knoxville during the 1870s, and understand Hollis's research process into the fragmentary evidence sketching Wiley's life.

Admission is FREE. Join us at 6 pm at Mabry-Hazen House.