Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Thomas W. Talley

Marker ID: THC 3A 137
Location: on the grounds of Fisk University on 18th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 10.036    W 086° 48.297
  36.16726666    -86.80495
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Recognized during his lifetime primarily as a chemist, teacher, and administrator at Fisk University, Thomas W. Talley (1870- 1952) was also Tennessee's first African-American folklorist. A native of Bedford County, he began collecting folk songs about 1900, and published many of them in Negro Folk Rhymes in 1922. Later, he compiled the state's first collection of Black folk tales, Negro Traditions. Talley was also a skilled singer and composer.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission