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Hector Black papers

Identifier: RG-0000-0138

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documentation of the family and public life of Hector Black, who lived from 1925 to 2020. Documents include notebooks, journals, log books, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, Christian songbooks, correspondence, and notably a copy of an FBI file on him for his activism on behalf of the African-American community. Igniting his advocacy and activism was his underlying love of peace and justice, and remarkable forgiveness of a man, Ivan Simpson, who murdered his adopted daughter Patricia Nuckles. Documents include correspondence between Hector and Ivan, articles recounting both the collision of their lives and Hector's subsequent advocacy and activism. Some of the documents are records of Patricia and of Hector's wife, Susanna. Photos are of family and places where Hector travelled, including Russia (where he also recorded videos), Europe, Israel as well as across the United States.


  • 1930 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2017


14 Cubic Feet (21 boxes of documents, photos, and film (19 VHS cassettes.))

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Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Tech University Special Collections Repository

1100 North Peachtree Avenue
PO Box 5066
Cookeville Tennessee 38505 United States