EC Hall of Fame: Boyd legacy span 100+ years

Family's interests have ranged from publishing and banking to toys and higher ed

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is more than a place for visionary business people and companies. The Trolley Barns facility also has a hall of fame. The range and depth of the Nashville entrepreneurial community is on display with the hall’s inductees, who made their mark in fields that include publishing, hospital management, finance, fulfillment and music business. Combined, the honorees have created thousands of jobs nationwide — but also close to home.

Nashville Post commends this quintet of entrepreneurs for their work and the legacies they have created.

The late Richard Henry Boyd — commonly known as the Rev. Dr. R. H. Boyd — was an African-American minister and businessman who founded and oversaw the National Baptist Publishing Board and the National Baptist Convention of America.

Boyd was an organizer of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Co. of Nashville and served as its first president from 1904 until 1922, the year of his death.

In 1906, Boyd became the first president of the Nashville Globe Publishing Co. and financed the publication of the Nashville Globe. He also founded the National Baptist Church Supply Company and the Negro Doll Company. The National Negro Business League listed Boyd as a member for life.

R. H. and Harriett Boyd were the parents of nine children. Henry Allen Boyd was a co-founder of the Globe and succeeded his father as head of the National Baptist Publishing Board. And Dr. Henry Allen Boyd was one of the founding fathers of Tennessee State University.

The publishing board was renamed the R. H. Boyd Publishing Corp. in R.H. Boyd’s honor in 2000. The corporation and the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund offer fellowships in his name for African-American college students pursuing graduate degrees.

Continuing the family legacy, Dr. T.B. Boyd III, the grandson of R.H., is the current head of the National Baptist Publishing Board and serves as president and chief executive officer of the MetroCenter-based R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp.

To this day, the Boyd family contributes significantly to Nashville’s corporate and cultural communities.