Taylor Jackson

MA'19

My decision to work in public history was heavily influenced by understanding the past serves as a blueprint for our society's future systemic victories and mistakes. As an undergraduate at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, I maintained an energetic fervor for studying the plight of black peoples in America while reflecting on the significance and ramifications of such a complex history. My zeal for African American History lead me to seek an employment opportunity with Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum in Memphis after receiving my BA in History from Rhodes. The privilege of being a docent at Slave Haven incomparably heightened my awareness of public history’s significance. By the end of my first day at the museum, I realized I had chosen to become an integral part of the legacy that will continue to share the narrative of this American History. I had chosen to become a historian dedicated to educate, inspire, and encourage others to learn from our past in order to elevate our society’s future. My long term goal is to become an influential member of a team whose mission is to educate the public on the history of slavery and race in the United States and the implications of that history on our society today. My other professional interest includes studying black artistic culture and understanding the ways in which black literature, music, and other forms of artistry highlight and reflect the heritage and history of black peoples within the African Diaspora.