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October 27, 2022

Urban Renewal Impact Tour

Urban Renewal was established under Title I of the Housing Act of 1949. The federal government granted assistance and loans to local communities wanting to eliminate slums, urban blight, and substandard housing. Yet, the devastating consequences, that disproportionately targeted minority communities through eminent domain, resulted in the displacement of many families. Urban Renewal came to an end in 1974 but the ramifications of Urban Renewal continues.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center will host this tour, beginning with a 20-minute film about the local impacts of Urban Renewal programs on Knoxville’s Black heritage and landscape. Following that, participants will take a walking and driving tour of significant sites, as Rev. Renee Kesler provides historical context and shares the work being done now to preserve, teach and continue Black history and culture in Knoxville.

Where: Meet in lobby
Host: Beck Cultural Center Staff

Ends at 5:30

Start / end times may vary for tours

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Meet in lobby