Historic Disasters of East Tennessee | A Brown Bag Lecture with Dewaine A. Speaks

@ East Tennessee History Center
East Tennessee History Center
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

In his new book, Historic Disasters of East Tennessee, author and historian Dewaine A. Speaks chronicles the stories of a series of disasters that have taken place in East Tennessee. The 1902 Fraterville Mine explosion, took the lives of 216 men and boys. The New Market train wreck in 1904 claimed 64, and in 2016, the Great Smoky Mountains fire killed fourteen and destroyed 2,460 buildings. Floodwaters near Rockwood in 1929 took the lives of seven Boy Scouts and their Scoutmaster, while a 1960 explosion at Kingsport’s Eastman plant killed 16 workers and injured 400. Through interviews, newspaper articles, and extensive research, Speaks tells these and other stories of devastation, their effects upon the lives of those who experienced them, and, most inspiringly, the outpouring of love and support that brought these communities together. Book signing to follow.

The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon, Wednesday, October 9, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a "Brown Bag" lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks are available.


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