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New Exhibit Offers Interactive Way to Learn about Black History

Updated: Wednesday, February 19 2014, 11:05 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - We're in the middle of Black History Month. We're learning about an exhibit right here in the Midstate that historians are calling the most complete look at slavery in state history. John Baker, Jr. is taking a trip back in time. It's a journey that began when he was in the 7th grade. Over the next 30 years, Baker researched as much as he could into his family and the slaves of the Wessyngton Plantation. His research eventually turned into a book and then an exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum.

In 1860, the 13,000 acres in Robertson County produced 250,000lbs. of tobacco that made them the largest tobacco producer in the country. It also made them the largest slave plantation in the state. Rob DeHart is the museum curator. He says the letters, photographs, wills and deeds the Wessyngton's kept makes this exhibit one of a kind. The exhibit is also interactive with lots of video and reenactments. Baker is hoping everyone who comes for a visit will walk away with the whole truth of Tennessee's past.

The exhibit will be up until August 31 and is free to the public.

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