Ann Walker King

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Ann Walker King

November 12, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Ann Walker King

For almost a century, the State of Tennessee sent “wayward colored boys” and later, white boys as well, to a “reform” school, TAFT, in a remote area of Appalachia. Investigation of Taft by a death penalty defense investigator who grew up in the region led her to produce this first time documentary. It exposes, in their own words, the torture, trauma, and lasting damage to those boys, now middle aged men, sent to Taft. Though Taft finally closed, we are challenged to question if things are really that much different today.

ANN WALKER-KING grew up in the Sequatchie Valley of Southeast Tennessee and had heard stories of Taft as a youngster. She graduated from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, majoring in Psychology and English and later received a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling there. After a short career as a Rehabilitation Counselor, she worked as a Federal Probation Officer before becoming a Criminal Defense Investigator with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of TN. She worked as an investigator in both the Trial Unit and in the Capital Habeas Unit investigating death penalty cases in Tennessee as well as other federal cases out of state. Her work in death penalty defense led her to make the documentary TAFT.


November 12, 2020
7:30 am - 8:30 am