Our 2022 Warwick Lecture Series continues on Thursday, May 12, 2022, with guest speaker, University of the South professor Dr. Tiffany Momon, discussing "Black Craftspeople on the Tennessee Landscape."
Tiffany Momon received her B.S., in Political Science from Tennessee State University, a B.A. in African and African American Studies from The University of Memphis, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Her dissertation explored material culture objects at historically black colleges and universities and methods of using those objects to document student histories and experiences fully. Her graduate training focused on exploring African American placemaking throughout the southeast documenting cemeteries, churches, schools, and lodges. In 2017, Momon was awarded a National Park Service grant to architecturally survey and document eight of Alabama’s nine historically black colleges and universities. As a Visiting Research Professor with the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, Momon trained students on the techniques of writing historic structures reports, heritage development plans, and submitting National Register of Historic Places nominations. Her most recent National Register of Historic Places nominations include Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Talladega College (Boundary Increase) in Talladega, Alabama.
As a public historian, Momon’s work includes advocating to city and state governments in support of local history projects and archaeology ordinances and partnering with local communities to document and preserve their history. Additionally, Momon works closely with several historically black colleges and universities to raise funding for historic preservation projects and public archaeology on those campuses.
Momon has provided consulting to several museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, and the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, TN among others. Momon has also been featured on Voice of America and other media outlets.
Momon’s current research focuses on the lives, artistry, and labor of enslaved and free craftsmen in Charleston, South Carolina. Momon was invited to present this research at Colonial Williamsburg’s Antiques Forum, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Historic Charleston Foundation.