President Andrew Jackson lived outside of the town of Nashville, Tennessee during his time in the military and as U.S. President.
The wife of Andrew Jackson had the inside of the home fitted with a set of wallpaper, from France, that depicts multiple Greek tales.
The grace of Andrew Jackson, his wife, and one of his slaves is within the gardens of the home.
While the site of the Andrew Jackson Hermitage home was owned by the state of Tennesse, it utilized as a recovery site for injured Confederate soldiers, after the civil war ended. One of Andrew Jackson’s grandchildren had died while fighting with the Tennessee Confederate army.
The Tennessee State History Museum has extensive exhibits on it’s state history: the good, the bad and the ugly.
This was the first musuem I had ever seen with an exhibit dedicated to the Ku Klux Klan’s creation after the end of the Civil War, and to the Klan’s reemergence after President Ulysses S. Grant’s newly formed U.S. Justice Department shut that white supremacist organization down.
The Tennessee State Museum has separate exhibits regarding other organizations that wanted the continue the ways of the old south, with propaganda pamphlets claiming that the Civil War was not lost. The musuem did a good job showing that the revisionist history of those organizations after the war were not of mainstream modern opinion.
The cornerstone of the Tennessee State Capital was established on July 4, 1845. William Strickland, an engineer and an architect, had designed the capital building which was one of the first in the United States with iron roof trusses.
William Strickland had been involved in other projects such as the Tower of Independence Hall.
In 1849, fourteen years after the cornerstone was laid, the construction of the Tennessee State Capital building was completed.
The capital building has a multitude of statues, including one decorated to Sam Davis.
President Andrew Jackson has a hermitage home near Nashville, and was influential in Tennessee State History.
Another statue gives tribute to 17th U.S. President Andrew Johnson.
In addition, there is a statue attributed to James Knox Polk.
There were other exhibits giving Civil War history of Tennessee.
Compared to other state capital buildings I’ve been too, the one in Tennessee has significantly more historical markers and statues around the building.
Another factor that makes the Tennessee capital building stand out from others I’ve been to is the overt display of southern pride placed around the building, including a plaque with a, “Pledge To The South”. Alas, each state does what I like to say, a personality of it’s own reflective of the people’s and the cultures within their borders.
In 1689, Martin Chartier, a French fur trader, became one of the first Europeans to enter the Nashville area. While living in the United States he helped build the first French Fort in Illinois. Ironically, Martin led a mutiny against the Fort and burners it to the ground because of concerns over Indian attacks on villages during the French and Iroquois Wars. While Martin had not established a good relationship with Iroquois tribes, he did spend time living amongst the Shawnee Native Americans.
Nashville was named for Francis Nash, a Brigadier General in the American Revolutionary War who was born in Prince Edward County of Virginia. In 1779, the town of Nashville, Tennessee was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men. The town was located near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough.
In 1937, William Franklin Graham, Jr., who went by Billy Graham later in life, had preached his first sermon at the Bible Institute of Tampa. At the time he was a student and he preached for eight nights in a row.
Billy Graham continued his tradition of eight night sermons, and his revival style meeting “Christ for Greater Los Angeles” garnered him media attention in 1949. As a result of his newfound fame, the following year, Graham had a meeting with Harry Truman. That was his first meeting with a United States in his President during his sixty eight year tenure as a preacher.
After discussing Billy Graham’s funeral earlier this month with my friend, and former coworker, Larry Weaver, he told me he, and his son Alex, had seen Billy Graham once before. In the year 2000, Larry and Alex went to Billy Graham’s Crusade in Nashville, Tennessee amongst the largest crowd either one of them had seen before. The crusade lasted for four days, from June 1st to June 4th, and the organizers had spent months beforehand speaking with local pastors, mentors and missionaries to prepare for building a lasting relationship with those attending the massive event.
On June 3rd, Larry and Alex attended the “Concert For The Next Generation”, which included the musicians “Jars of Clay”, “Kirk Franklin”, and “DC Talk”. They also got to see Graham recite and explain biblical scripture to the audience after the concert.
Larry indicated that many of the people in attendance were so compelled by what Graham said, they converted to the Christian faith based on his various speeches. Pastors and missionaries consulted many during their conversions and maintained a relationship with those individuals weeks, and months, after the event.
Throughout the four days an estimated 227,000 people attended.
Billy Graham’s last revivalist style crusade was from June 24th to June 26th 2005 at New York City’s Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The crusaders who attended got to see the Unisphere, a marvel from the 1964 World’s Fair, in the background. Fitting that Graham’s last crusade was within the shadow of a structure known around the world, just as he has been known in life and in death.
The newspaper The Tennessean has more about the several times Billy Graham spent doing crusades in Nashville.