Beverly G. Bond

Beverly G. Bond

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., History, The University of Memphis, 1996

Fields of Interest

My research focuses on nineteenth-century African-American history, African-American Women's History and Memphis History. I am particularly interested in the ways in which 19th-century African-American women negotiated the boundaries of race, class, and gender in the urban South. My research focuses on black women in Memphis from the early 1800s to the beginning of the twentieth century with a particular focus on antebellum enslaved and free black women. As an alumnus of the Memphis State University and the University of Memphis, I was pleased to have worked with Dr. Janann Sherman to research and publish two books for the university's centennial celebration.

Courses taught

African-American History; African-American Women's History; African-American Intellectual History; Parallel Lives: Black and White Women in American History; African American Historiography; US Since 1877; Capstone Course in African and African-American Studies


I was director of the College of Arts and Sciences program in African and African American Studies from 2002 to 2012, and continued as advisor to the program's majors and minors in 2012-2013. I have also served on local and state historical committees and am completing a three-year governor's appointment to the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board. I have also served on and chaired the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee and served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians.


  • Memphis in Black and White, co-authored with Janann Sherman (Arcadia Publishing, 2003)
  • Images of America: Beale Street, co-authored with Janann Sherman (Arcadia Publishing, 2006)
  • Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, with Sarah Wilkerson Freeman for University of Georgia Press, Vol. 1 (2009) and Vol. 2 (2015).
  • Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers. A Centennial History of the University of Memphis, co-authored with Janann Sherman (Donning, 2011)
  • History of the University of Memphis, 1912-2012 (Arcadia Publications. 2012)

Book chapters and journal articles

  • "'The Extent of the Law': Free Women of Color in Antebellum Memphis, Tennessee," in Negotiating the Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing With The Powers That Be (University of Missouri Press)
  • "'Every Duty Incumbent Upon Them': African-American Women in Nineteenth Century Memphis," in Trial and Triumph: Readings in Tennessee's African-American Past (University of Tennessee Press)
  • "Sarah Roberta Church: Race and the Republican Party in the 1950s," in The Human Tradition: Portraits of African-American Life Since 1865 (Scholarly Resources)
  • "Milly Swan Price: Freedom, Kinship, and Property," in Tennessee Women: Their Lives, Their Times, Vol. 1 (University of Georgia Press)
  • "'Ma...did not make a good slave': African American Women and Slavery in Tennessee" in Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2 (University of Georgia Press, 2015).
  • "Sue Shelton White," in American National Biography (2015).

Encyclopedia articles

  • Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African-American Associations ("Memphis Lyceum" and "Memphis: Civic, Literary, and Mutual Aid Associations")
  • The Family in America: An Encyclopedia ("African-American families," "Freedmen's Families," and "Interracial families")
  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Gender Volume ("Mary Church Terrell" and "The National Association of Colored Women")

Current projects

  • Claiming My Self: African American women in Memphis, Tennessee, 1820s-early 1900s
  • "Taylor-Made: Envisioning Black Memphis at Mid-Century," for An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee (Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney) for University of Kentucky Press.
  • "Educating the 'Common Man': Developing the Public School Systems in Memphis and Shelby County for

    (John Amis and Paul Wright) for The Dynamics of School District Consolidation: Race, Economics & the Politics of Educational Change, for University of Tennessee Press.