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Social Movements collection

Identifier: RG-0000-0141

Content Description

Documents activism and responses to activism in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Topics include activism against anti-Black police brutality and criminizalization of poverty. Content warning: some responses to protests contain dehumanizing, white supremacist, anti-Black racist, and antisemitic language and images. Some responses also call for and glorify violence against protesters.

Physical materials include four signs from the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protests for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at Cookeville's Courthouse Square. One sign includes a Pride and Black Lives Matters statement. Three are black and white and one is colored.

The Black Voters Matter signs are from a campus event co-organized by the Tennessee Tech University Student Chapter of the NAACP and the NAACP Cookeville-Putnam County Branch. The "Poverty is not a Crime" sign was from protests regarding City Council's attempt to ban all panhandling in Putnam County.


  • 2016 - 2021



506.42 Megabytes

4 Sheets

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Part of the Tennessee Tech University Special Collections Repository

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