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Created in 2019, Tennesseans for Historical Justice's mission is to uncover the truth about racial violence in Tennessee to achieve justice, conciliation and healing.


I. Introduction

Tennesseans for Historical Justice ("THJ") was created on February 25, 2019 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in the state of Tennessee. THJ is organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now in effect or as may be amended in the future. The specific purposes for which the Corporation is formed are:

  1. To educate the public about civil rights history and lessen the burdens of government by conducting a statewide survey of all civil rights crimes perpetrated in Tennessee;

  2. To eliminate prejudice and discrimination, including by organizing and conducting educational racial reconciliation events; and

  3. For any other lawful purpose consistent with the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

THJ is the successor to an unincorporated association known as the Tennesseans for Historical Justice Coalition (the "Coalition").


Our Brand

Achieving justice, conciliation and healing from broken pieces..

Tennesseans for Historical Justice adopted as its logo The Mpatapo, a West African Adinkra symbol that represents conciliation and peacemaking, combined with Kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art of mending broken pottery with golden lacquer. 

 The Mpatapo binds the parties to a dispute to a peaceful resolution.  


Kintsugi symbolizes that brokenness should not be hidden and that mending is beautiful and brings hope and healing.


The Mpatapo overlaid with Kintsugi symbolizes the mission of Tennesseans for Historical Justice to discover truth, do justice, and to beautifully mend the wounds caused by racial violence in Tennessee.

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