The Delta Heritage Center will present the exhibition, I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage, opening Friday, January 12. The exhibition, organized by the Tennessee State Museum, gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African American musical heritage and its influence on worldwide musical genres.
The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, from the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, to the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street and Knoxville’s Gem Theatre. The history of African American music follows the hardship of slavery in America. American slaves adapted their African ancestors’ music to hand clapping, singing, the fiddle, and the African–derived banjo.
The exhibit is admission free and will be on display through March 3, 2018