The Volunteer State celebrated 225 years of statehood on Tuesday and kicked off a series of events to honor the milestone with the theme of “Untold Tennessee.”
The initial events took place at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Knoxville’s Blount Mansion. At Bicentennial Capitol Mall, the Tennessee State Museum opened a new exhibit representing the state. Additionally, three original state constitutions are on display at the new Tennessee State Library and Archives. At Blount Mansion, a short parade honored many of the individuals who fought for Tennessee’s statehood. The night was capped with a music performance from the Oak Ridge Boys in downtown Jonesborough.
Tennessee will be celebrating 225 years of statehood under the theme “Untold Tennessee,” starting on its founding date – June 1. The very first celebrations for Tennessee Statehood Day will take place that day at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Knoxville’s Blount Mansion, and a live music performance in historic downtown Jonesborough. Following that, Governor Bill Lee will embark on a 95-county tour, visiting each grand division throughout June.
At Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum will unveil a new, self-guided tour and online exhibition of 100 artifacts representing art, community, innovation, service, and transformation. The museum will maintain this exhibit until May 31 of next year. Knoxville’s Blount Mansion will commemorate the 55 men who pushed for Tennessee’s statehood with a parade from the nearby James White’s Fort to the mansion, historical reenactments, and remarks from Lee and other state leaders. Historic sites surrounding the museum continue to celebrate with a months-long series of special events. In historic downtown Jonesborough, Country Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys will perform after a speech from Lee at the Washington County Courthouse.