Metro Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

April 9, 2011
Address: 154 5th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219 Phone: (615) 253-0133
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The Metro Historical Commission's Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee has planned a kick-off event for April 9, 2011.  It will be held at The Downtown Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Fifth and Church in downtown Nashville.  The event is free and the general pubic is encouraged to attend.  The event will last from 8:30 AM until Noon.   The day will begin with welcoming remarks from Mayor Karl Dean, and a brief history of the Civil War use of the church as a Federal hospital.  The first speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Atkins (Berry College) speaking on "Parties, Politics, and the Sectional Conflict in Tennessee 1832-1861," in which he describes the causes in Tennessee leading to the Civil War.  At 10 AM, Dr. Kristopher Ray (Austin Peay State University and editor of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly) will describe how the leaders in both north and south reinterpreted the actions of the nation's founding fathers to suit their own political, social, and economic purposes.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers will perform at 11 AM, presenting spirituals and other songs appropriate to the Civil War period.