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Unmasking Voices: Anthropology Grad Student Tatianna Griffin

Tatianna Griffin, a master’s student in the Department of Anthropology, is working to aid in the recovery and restoration of Citizens Cemetery, Knoxville’s oldest African American cemetery. Her work seeks to not only be a catalyst for restoration of the space, but also to gain a greater understanding of the need for care of Black sacred cultural spaces within the community.

“The neglect this space has suffered at the hands of systems of power is heart-wrenching. When I saw sunken graves, destroyed headstones, and vandalized and desecrated graves, I knew that I needed to do something,” explained Griffin.

Griffin and her work were recently spotlighted by the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. Read more about Griffin and how her work embodies the Volunteer spirit.