TORREN L. GATSON
HISTORY IS MY VOCATION AND MY AVOCATION
The Unsung Heroes Project
A collaborative project to document untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement. Featuring Torren Gatson, Matthew Barr, and Antigre Farmer.
Torren Gatson is an assistant professor in the history department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Delaware, Gatson obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina Central University. He then received his Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. Gatson is a trained public historian and a scholar of southern United States history. His work emphasizes the nineteenth and twentieth century African American built environment, with a particular interest in African American material culture. Gatson works with communities to build lasting public products that reflect the dynamic and difficult aspects of African American history.
Gatson is currently working on his first manuscript Housing, Race, and Place in the Modern South: Discrimination and Preservation in Nashville, Tennessee Since 1940. This project merges an analysis of Nashville’s history of discrimination and segregation in housing with present policy issues. Overall, this work demonstrates how policymakers and residents can use historic preservation tools to protect both the physical buildings and cultural landscapes within the city.
Teaching history hinges on a seamless balance between developing content and practical skills. Therefore, Gatson believes that educators must guarantee history's relevance to current discourse that ensures comprehension of course material.
Gatson's professional outreach mission includes providing insight into the best practices for displaying and interpreting a robust collection of primary documents. He seeks to delve deeper into pedagogy and the practice of inclusivity throughout the public history field.