The William Orland Garner Collection depicts people, homes, recreational activities, and scenery of Maryville, Tennessee in the 1890's. Created by an amateur photographer with an eye for detail, these photographs represent a broad range of economic, social, and racial groups in an essentially agrarian culture. Of special interest are the images of the Freedman's Normal Institute, a teaching institution for African-American teachers.
This highly regarded institute influenced lives of individuals throughout
the southern United States.
Number of items: 120
Date Live: 2005-06-01