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The Black Church Digital Mapping Project

Congregations wishing to submit information for inclusion in NPT's digital map are invited to do so.

Please note – To be included, churches must:

  • Have been established for Black people.
  • Have been established between 1800 and the 1960s and still exist today.
  • Be located in Metro Nashville/Davidson County.



The Black Church Panel Discussion | NPT

Nashville Public Television's THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG live panel discussion aired on Tuesday, February 15, 2021. NPT producer, LaTonya Turner moderated a this local conversation with experts including, Dr. Rev. Judy Cummings, a public justice theologian and retired pastor of New Covenant Christian Church; Dr. Dennis Dickerson, professor of African American religious history, Vanderbilt University; Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian and director of the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU; and Dr. Steven Lewis, curator, National Museum of African American Music. 

Click here to watchDr. Henry Lewis Gates Jr.'s THE BLACK CHURCH two-part documentary.

SPECIAL THANKS to WETA for providing funding for this project. 

Additional thanks to Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, for providing historical resources for this project.

From NPT:
Project producers: Kayla Todd, LaTonya Turner, and Rosemary Brunton
Graduate research assistant: October Kamara
Digital mapping developers: Shane Burkeen, Joe DelMerico, Kyle Sweet
Communications: MiChelle Jones
Executive producer: Will Pedigo
Interim CEO: Daniel Tidwell 

Major corporate support for The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song is provided by Johnson & Johnson. 
Major support is also provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.