Tennessee Preservation Trust

Power Of Place:

A Legacy Of Social Justice In Tennessee

The Tennessee Preservation Trust launched an new initiative in 2013 to help tell one of the most important stories in the state, social justice. An integral part of this campaign is to save core properties that prior to 1962 were part of the historic Highlander Folk School campus in Monteagle. Once completed, the site in Grundy County will serve as an important destination for visitors from around the world to learn about the events and people who fought for social justice in the state and shaped the course of history in not only Tennessee, but the nation.

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The Power Of Place

Tennessee has a long and storied past in the fight for social justice in America. Our historic and cultural landscape reflects that prominent legacy. Whether it was on one of the state’s many Civil War battlefields where slavery came crashing down, in rural mining communities that witnessed workers fighting for higher wages and better living conditions for their families, the inspiration behind and writing of protest songs that reached the national spotlight, leading the charge in Women’s Suffrage by casting the final vote to ratify the 19th Amendment at the state capitol, or at one of dozens of places where the struggle for the Civil Rights rocked the nation. Tennessee and Tennesseans played an important role.


Highlander Folk School Talk by Ridley Wills II

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