The National Park Service Southeast Regional Office (SERO) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is seeking to contract a research historian to develop a Special History Study (SHS) that traces the roles of African Americans in the Cumberland Gap area in the years leading up to and following the Civil War through Reconstruction (1850-1877).


The SHS will encompass the diverse history and status of African Americans in the tri-state region (TN, KY, VA) which varied from enslaved to free laborer to solider. The SHS will help Cumberland Gap National Historical Park improve upon their interpretive and outreach programs by including the history of African Americans in the area, both enslaved and free. This is a previously overlooked area of Cumberland Gap’s history that the park would like to include in its programming. The SHS will focus on the following topics:


Historical overview of African Americans at Cumberland Gap (1850 – 1877)


African American’s involvement with area industry/ Efforts to educate the enslaved


United States Colored Troops at Cumberland Gap


Interested applicants should email