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CREATING A SPACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE UP SPACE.

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Building  Community,

Celebrating Culture,

 & Engaging the

Creativity of Black People

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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Come shop our curated collection of

 Black books every Friday & Saturday from 11am-5pm!

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Upcoming Events

  • Crystal Wilkinson Author Talk: Perfect Black
    The Bottom
    Dec 11, 6:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    In Perfect Black, Crystal Wilkinson combines a deep love for her rural roots with a passion for language and storytelling in this compelling collection of poetry and prose about girlhood, racism, and political awakening, imbued with vivid imagery of growing up in Southern Appalachia.
  • Pop Up At Mate Market
    Ironwood Studios
    Dec 17, 5:00 PM
    Ironwood Studios, 119 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    The Bottom's popping up at Mate Market, catch us with books & merch perfect for gift giving this holiday season!
  • Cookie Decorating With Nelly!
    The Bottom
    Dec 18, 10:00 AM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Nelly of Sweet Nelly's Cupcakes & Cookies is hosting cookie decorating at The Bottom - bring your children by to decorate freshly baked holiday cookies!

"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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