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Langston Heritage Group Collection

Identifier: AppMs-0575

Scope and Contents

The Langston Heritage Group Collection documents African American history in Johnson City, Tennessee, and greater Washington County. It features materials pertaining to African American churches including Bethel Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Thankful Baptist Church, and St. Paul African Episcopal Zion Church; materials pertaining to schools, such as Langston School and Dunbar School; and community organizations, including Prospect Lodge No. 54 of the Prince Hall Freemasonry fraternity, Pony/Colt League, Progress-Together (Pro-To) Club, Pro-To-ettes, and the Washington County Commission on Alcohol and Drugs (C.A.D.A). Additionally, along with materials related to the West Lawn Cemetery Board of Trustees, photocopies of plats of the cemetery are included.

Of particular note are photographs from Thankful Baptist Church; The Echo, The Langston Voice, and The Langston Spectator yearbooks; the Langston High School record book for faculty meetings; and the Prospect Lodge No. 54 record book. There are also transcripts and field notes (and, in two cases, audio or moving image recordings) for fourteen oral history interviews conducted between 1998-2001 that focus on African-American history in Johnson City. Some of the interviews were conducted in conjunction with the Historic African American Site Preservation Society (HASP).

The collection consists of annuals and yearbooks, correspondence, contracts and deeds, memoranda, financial records, programs, pamphlets and publications, news clippings, photographs, audio and video recordings, maps, letterhead, and realia.


  • Creation: 1869-2022


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate/publish/display/broadcast for commercial purposes must be secured from the copyright holders. The archives does not have contact information for the copyright holders.


3.35 linear feet (6 containers)

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The materials are arranged by format and size, then alphabetically by topic.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Adeline Henderson Alexander, Donald Shaffer, Katie Doman, Starlet Williams, and James McCray.

Related Materials

Mary Adeline Henderson Alexander Papers, AppMs 0883

Henderson-Alexander, Mary. “Black Life in Johnson City, Tennessee 1856-1965 : a Historical Chronology.” MA Thesis: East Tennessee State University, 2001.

Digital Exhibit: Our History: Writings on Johnson City

Processing Information

Student assistant Damaris Brooks completed processing of these papers in October 2012. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, project archivist Nick Shaner incorporated new material, updated some description, and digitized the collection in July 2022.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA