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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

  • Oct 08, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Knoxville, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    As we approach one full year since our grand opening, we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us! Saturday Oct. 8th we’ll have a community parade, great raffles, game stations, pop up market, food vendors + bar, performances & more.
  • Oct 08, 3:00 PM
    Knoxville, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Join us in conversation with author Deesha Philyaw as we discuss her debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. This is part of our Grand Anniversary celebration, we hope to see you there!
  • Oct 15, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA
    Have an interest in writing? Join us for a free monthly writing workshop co-hosted by The Bottom and the UT Department of English!

"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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