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CREATING A SPACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE UP SPACE.

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The Bottom is a nonprofit cultural organization serving our community through our Black-affirming bookshop and arts programming. Rooted in place justice, we stand to build community, celebrate culture, and engage the creativity of Black people in Knoxville. We strive to cultivate a sense of belonging, togetherness and safety for Black people in Knoxville and beyond.

MORE ABOUT US

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Learn more about our projects

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Stop by our
Bookshop! 

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am - 6pm

2340 E Magnolia Ave

Knoxville, TN

BOOK IT AT
THE BOTTOM

A Monthly Book Subscription

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Check out our gift packages, perfect for the book lovers on your list!

 

   From the "Book'd & Busy" to the "Young at Heart", there's 12 different bundles specially curated for children, teens, adults & elders!

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  • May 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Transformative explorations of self-expression & mental well-being through empowering sessions led by Shade Tree Therapy. Each gathering is designed to provide a nurturing space for writers of all levels.
  • May 31, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join The Bottom and Black Girl Environmentalist Knox for a spring clothing swap - come ready to swap gently used clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories!
  • Jun 01, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
    Join The Bottom in collaboration with Good Black Art & UT Downtown Gallery for a complimentary brunch! We'll be engaging in a creative dialogue focused on the importance of celebrating, preserving, and amplifying Black Southern heritage and narratives through art.
  • Jun 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ebony & Ivory Brewing, 2300 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Celebrating the Community Podcast Cohort at The Bottom with Knox Community Media and Ebony & Ivory, join us for an interactive community wide podcast & audio engineering event!
  • Jun 07, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us for a professional & artistic, workshop on how to blend your personal style with your artistry!
  • Jun 08, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us on June 8th for an exhibition reception with featured artist Kristen K.C Colemon. Her work will be on display at The Bottom until the end of June!
  • Jun 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ebony & Ivory Brewing, 2300 N Central St #101, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join The Bottom for an in-person book club opportunity, hosted by Bookshop Director, Annastasia. We'll bring snacks!
  • Jun 22, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Corte-Land Art House, 503 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
    Join us as we uplift Pride month with a celebration of Black Queer culture! This will be a night filled with empowering, intentional, and creative festivities. An RSVP is required to attend, more info is below:
  • Jun 26, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Transformative explorations of self-expression & mental well-being through empowering sessions led by Shade Tree Therapy. Each gathering is designed to provide a nurturing space for writers of all levels.

Upcoming Events

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"The Gem Theatre is now some sort of nightclub and Mulvaney Street is gone. Completely wiped out. Assassinated along with the old people who made it live. I looked over and saw that the lady who used to cry “Hot fish! Good hot fish!” no longer had a Cal Johnson Park to come to and set up her stove in...Mrs. Abrum and her reverend husband from rural Tennessee wouldn’t bring us any more goose eggs from across the street...All gone, not even to a major highway but to a cutoff of a cutoff. All the old people who died from lack of adjustment died for a cutoff of a cutoff." 
- Nikki Giovanni, an exerpt from "400 Mulvaney Street" 

Now Hall of Fame drive, Mulvaney Street was a monumental source of black community before Knoxville's Urban Renewal projects in 1959-1974. 
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