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Knoxville 22 Pin

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0173

This collection contains a pin reading Free the Knoxville 22. The Knoxville 22 were a group of University of Tennessee student and non-student protesters opposed to what they considered the improper election of UT President Ed Boling in 1970.

Dates

  • 1970

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains a pin reading Free the Knoxville 22. The Knoxville 22 were a group of University of Tennessee student and non-student protesters opposed to what they considered the improper election of UT President Ed Boling in 1970.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Knoxville 22 were a group of nineteen students and three non-students who were arrested during a student protest involving the picketing of the University of Tennessee Administration building. After the announced retirement of UT President Andy Holt, the Board of Trustees elected Ed Boling president in early 1970. Students objected to the lack of student or faculty consideration in the decision and responded to Boling's election by picketing the Administration building on January 15, 1970. Several thousand students were estimated to have blocked the entrance to the Administration building, and when they refused to disperse, Knoxville and campus police arrived to break up the protest. In the resulting scuffle, four police and seven protesters were injured and a total of 22 people were brought up on charges of inciting riots. The incident had faculty, students, and the Knoxville community denouncing (or supporting) the University administration for its harsh stand against the protesters that resulted in violence.

Arrangement

Collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to University Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480