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In keeping with AHERN’s mission, “reaching outside of one community and touching other communities” we initiated the AHERN African American Hall of Legacy in 2017.

AHERN African American Hall of Legacy is to honor our past and present African American Trailblazers.

Individuals will be selected on the following criteria: integrity as an individual / commitment to their profession / church and community involvement / their promotion and involvement in civil rights / individuals who have reached the century mark / a pastor who has pastored the same church for 50+ years / a professional who has served as President or CEO of an African American company that promotes and is involved in Civil Rights.

Pastors and Professionals will become eligible 3 years after their retirement.

Nomination can be made by submitting a name and the above information to

AHERN African American Hall of Legacy will be on display for one month in a church or library.

Rev. Pamela L. Hoard, Vice-Chair, AHERN Hall of Legacy


Honorable Billy Wells, former Mayor of Bluff City, TN., serving from 1985 to 1991
Honorable Roland Dykes, Jr., late Mayor of Newport, TN. from 1998 until his sudden death in 2005
Honorable Kevin McKinney, former Mayor of Jonesborough TN. from 1987 - 1996
Honorable Daniel Brown, former interim Mayor of Knoxville, TN. from Jan. 10 - Dec. 17, 2011

Mrs. Nora M. Taylor/Alexander, February 21, 1918. Postmortem, she passed two months before the induction ceremony. Home Town: Kingsport, TN
Mrs. Fannye M. Jones, October. 27, 1918. Home Town: Greeneville, TN
Mr. Mark Dean, Co-creator of the ISA bus IBM personal computer, one-gigahertz computer processor chip and holder of holds three of nine PC patents. Home Town: Jefferson City, TN
Mrs. Carolyn Peck-O'Brien, First African American woman to lead her college team (Purdue) to the NCAA Women Title; the 1999 US USBWA Coach of the Year, WBCA Coach of the Year, AP College Basketball Coach of the Year and Naismith College Coach of the Year awards; First head coach-general manager of the WNBA's Orlando Miracle. Home Town: Jefferson City, TN
Mr. Frankie Randall, Three-time Light Welterweight World Champion, having held the WBA, WBC and Lineal titles between 1994 and 1997. Home Town: Russellville, TN
Ms. Towanna Stone, Miss Tennessee USA 1997 and was Second Runner Up to Miss USA 1997. Home Town: Morristown, TN
Mr. Ricky Parkey, WBC Continental Cruiserweight, WBF World Cruiserweight and IBF Cruiserweight Title. Home Town: Morristown, TN
Mr. John Tate, Postmortem. (Jan. 29, 1955 - Apr. 9, 1998) WBA Heavyweight Champion, 1979 - 1980 and heavyweight bronze medal (amateur) 1976 Summer Olympics. Home Town: Knoxville, TN

Ms. Nellie Johnson, postmortem: 1907-2017, 110 years old at time of death. Home town, Morristown, TN
Mrs. Mildred Whetsell1913-2018, 104 years old. Home town, Johnson City, TN
Mrs. Hazel Elder, 1915-2018: 103 years old. Home town, Greeneville, TN
Mrs. Annie Horton, 1915 - 2020, 105 years old. Home town, Rogersville, TN
Mrs. Frances Hunt, 1917-2018: 100 years old. Home town, Bristol, VA
Mrs. Mollie Pope, 100 years old. Home town, Rogersville, TN
Mrs. Marjorie Senter, 100 years old. Home town, Morristown, TN
Rev. Dr. W. A. Johnson, 56 years as pastor of Lee Street Baptist Church. Home town, Bristol, VA

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