Fayette County Civil Rights Movement Archives

tentcity lineAfrican American citizens of Fayette County, Tenn. wait in line at the Fayette County courthouse to register to vote. Ca. 1960.


In 2006, the University of Memphis acquired the papers of activists of the Fayette County, Tennessee Civil Rights Movement. This collection includes correspondence, photographs, and documents created during the events. The Fayette County collection also contains historically rich audio and video interviews with the activists. Both the Hooks and the Fayette County collections contain contemporaneous records of local and national events that comprise the Civil Rights Movement. These papers add historical depth to existing materials on the struggle for civil rights, such as the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike Collection, held in Special Collections at the University of Memphis McWherter Library. Click here for a detailed list of the materials in the collection