“Seeds of Fire” visit to Monteagle


This week I was fortunate to be able to present to students, allies, and staff from the Highlander Research and Education Center‘s “Seeds of Fire” program on the early history of the old Highlander Folk School in Summerfield and to visit the site and the Grundy County Heritage Center with them. I am so grateful particularly for the opportunity to meet Candie Carawan as well as staff members including Esme Baltazar, Pam McMichael, and Susan Williams. A big thanks to Margo Shea of Sewanee’s Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies for sharing her knowledge about Highlander and for inspiring the students to think about the meaning of place in relation to this site. (You can learn more about The Places Project here.) Highlander has a long history over eight decades, and it was fantastic to engage with the next generation of activists!