|Birth: ||May 8, 1879|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1952|
Moses McKissack III -- architect, early Tennessee State Univeristy (TSU) engineering professor, Nashville community benefactor -- born 1879 in Pulaski, Tennessee as the grandson of a slave -- not formally trained; his grandfather, Moses McKissack I, was known as "a master builder" and passed that skill down to his son (Moses II) who passed it to him --
before the turn of the century was working for a Pulaski architect and was a construction superintendent -- in 1905 moved to Nashville and as his first major project was given the right to build the Vanderbilt University dean of architecture's home which helped establish his reputation across Tennessee as a superior architect regardless of color -- with his younger brother Calvin founded McKissack and McKissack, one of the nation's first Black architectural firms, in 1922 -- built many landmark Nashville residences and buildings, including the Pearl High (now MLK Magnet) School Building and the 1908 Carnegie Library at Fisk (where soon-to-be US President William H. Taft laid the cornerstone).
Greenwood Cemetery West
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Record added: Jan 20, 2008
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