Beck is the place “Where African American History & Culture Are Preserved,” and it is our firm belief that Beck is becoming the place “Where African American History is Transformed.”
We are serious about our work. We believe strongly that restoring and uniting our greater community begins with reawakening our heritage.
Beck was established in 1975 with a mission that has remained unchanged. Beck is as an African American teaching and learning museum and cultural center that serves as a State of Tennessee designated primary repository of black history and culture in the city of Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee.
Absent of Beck, there is no single organization in the region that provides this invaluable service.
For over 40 years, Beck has been entrusted with an extensive collection of historical archives deeming it Knoxville’s store house of regional African American History and Culture.