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Posted on: September 21, 2022

MUSEUM TELLS THE STORY OF GALLATIN'S BLACK HISTORY

Union High Class of 1924

Gallatin educator Velma Brinkley spent years lobbying for a black history museum. Last year, the doors of the Union High School Museum finally opened.

Ironically, Brinkley never liked history as a student.

“There was nothing in the history books that related to me—just a few paragraphs about slavery,” she said. “But when I came to Gallatin as a wife, I worked on scrapbooks with my mother-in-law, who collected clippings. That’s how I found out about the colored fair, which piqued my interest. And then I got hooked on history.”

The Sumner County Agricultural Colored Fair was the first of its kind in the nation. Brinkley insists on using accurate language.

“It’s important to tell the truth,” Brinkley said firmly. “The name of this fair was the Sumner County Agricultural Colored Fair. It began sometime between 1866 and 1868—we aren’t quite sure—but it was during the first two years after the Emancipation. It was located on a five-acre spot on Blythe Street, and the fairgrounds are still there, minus the hall and the stands.”

The fair lasted several days—a long weekend—according to Brinkley—and drew thousands of visitors to Gallatin.

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