Tell the Fuller Story of Franklin by installing new, historically-accurate markers.

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After the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia last August, conversations started happening in Franklin, Tennessee about how our city would (or would not) react if something similar happened here. In a lot of ways, our city is like Charlottesville. These discussions led to the thought that it would be better to be “actionary” instead of “reactionary.” The result of these conversations led to the idea that instead of taking down historical markers, what if we added to them and told a “fuller story.”

Phase 1 - Install 4 historical markers around the downtown square. A dedication of these markers on Monday, January 14, 2019 during the CHURCHES' annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The four markers are:

  • United States Colored Troops
  • 1867 Downtown Riot
  • Courthouse and Market House
  • Reconstruction and Jim Crow


Phase 2 – Erect a statue of a United States Colored Troop soldier at a yet to be determined location inside the city limits of Franklin. A dedication of this statue on Monday, January 13, 2020 during the CHURCHES’ annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

We are asking you, the city leaders, to lend your support behind our efforts and to help us with the locations of the markers and the statue. We are not asking the city for any money. All funds will be raised through private donations.