For its annual Emmy Award-winning program “Tennessee’s Black Heritage,” Nashville’s WKRN television station contacted Maryville College’s Office of Communications about the possibility of sharing the College’s story of integrated education in its 30-minute program.
Communications Director Karen Eldridge lined up a visit by special projects producer Jeff Davidson and WKRN anchor Anne Holt for Jan. 21, when the news crew interviewed Dr. Aaron Astor, Maryville College associate professor of history, and captured footage of the present-day campus.
Airing in the Nashville Metro area on Sat., Feb. 16, and Sun., Feb. 24, the segment on Maryville College explains founder Isaac Anderson’s stance on integrated education from 1819, the contributions of northern philanthropists who supported the College’s “open door” policy, and how the College supported the education of African-Americans even when state law forbid co-education on its campus. Old photos from the College’s archives also were provided and incorporated in the segment.
Dr. Bobby Lovett, retired professor of history at Tennessee State University, is also interviewed in the piece.
Other segments in this year’s “Tennessee’s Black Heritage” program explore stories about the Emancipation Proclamation, Benjamin “Pap” Singleton and the “Motown Suite” located in Nashville’s United Record Pressing.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.