Overlooked Street Scenes
Your adventure begins at 501 Broadway, the heart of Nashville. Most people sprinting (or slogging) down this famous stretch of entertainment, lights, cameras, and live country music likely blow right past the bold historic marker of the prestigious, Sampson W. Keeble, which sits discreetly in front of one of the most populated areas downtown. Not you! Numerous cultural pieces are scattered throughout downtown that dates back to before you were born.
On the tour, you’ll discover that Keeble was one of the wealthiest black men in Tennessee, an attorney, a barber, and a proprietor of a prosperous boarding house in Nashville. He was on the board of the Freedman’s Bank, and insurance company, and others. He lost his first nomination to the General Assembly in 1870 but didn’t let this major loss slow him down. He emerged victorious just two years later to take his seat as the first African American Tennessean in the state legislature. Learn more about Sampson W. Keeble and others like him on the Tour of African American Culture.