Jay Bird Hill Exhibit November 8

Nelson Merry School located on Jay Bird Hill was the hub of the black community in Jefferson County for decades. Then integration sent the African American children to join the white children in schools across the county. What impact did integration have on the Jay Bird Hill neighborhood in Jefferson City?

Recently twelve people volunteered to commit to a 12 week project to address that question. The Mossy Creek Foundation received a grant from Humanities of Tennessee to preserve the stories and history of Jay Bird Hill. Every Monday evening since August 13 (except Labor Day) these folks have faithfully gathered at Martha Davis Baptist Church or at Boyd Chapel to work together on the Jay Bird Hill Story Project from the African American Perspective. In between sessions they have interviewed over 30 people and have plans to interview more.

Their work to date will on exhibit Thursday, November 8 in the conference hall of the Jefferson City Library from 4 to 7 PM. An opening ceremony will be held at 4. The public is invited to see the fine work these folks have begun.