This picture was taken at the Club Del Morocco (at 24th Jefferson St.) owned by "Uncle" Teddy Acklen in the upstairs piano bar. The gentleman in the middle is Barry Scruggs . The woman to his right in the light color dress is Elaine Flemming.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nashville Public Television’s (NPT’s) Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville documentary premieres on-air and online Monday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. with an encore broadcast Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

Jefferson Street is a fabled area of Nashville, known as the cultural center of the city’s African American community. Once a haven for former slaves, it is home to three iconic HBCUs – Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University – that educated doctors, lawyers and civic leaders.

NPT’s Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville premieres on-air and will be available to stream at

The story of the North Nashville community is told by longtime residents and historians, as well as through archival and family photographs and film clips.

“Jefferson Street represented a cross section of what the American dream would have looked like for many African Americans coming out of slavery,” Tennessee State University’s Dr. Learotha Williams Jr. says in Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville.

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