By Tribune Staff

NASHVILLE, TN — This year has been marked by spirited and extensive discussion in many states about the history of slavery in America, which has been traced back to 1619. The Tennessee State Library and Archives are now bringing this area into the discussion with their upcoming event. Author Bill Carey, who’s written extensively on the subject of just how widespread slavery was throughout this state, will be the host of a free workshop on slavery’s history in Tennessee.

Carey’s latest book is “Runaway, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee.”  It examines the practice through an examination of various slavery ads that appeared in state newspapers. Carey researched every newspaper printed statewide from 1971 until 1864. One of his main sources were papers now on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

In discussing and assessing his research Carey describes the various articles in this fashion. “They give insight into slavery and how it was supported by governments as well as by industries such as banking and journalism.

Carey’s also well qualified to discuss the issue. His background in journalism includes having written for the Tennessean, the Nashville Scene and He currently writes a monthly column for Tennessee Magazine, is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Tennessee History for Kids, and has written six books. In addition, he’s a contributor to WPLN.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, September 14, in the auditorium of the Library and Archives, located at 403 7th Ave N. in Nashville.  Following the presentation, signed books will be available for purchase from the author. Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.

While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. Contact the Tennessee State Library and archives for additional information.