Inspiration lived here On this front porch in Henning, a young Alex Haley heard stories that inspired his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Visit Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center
Noble ideas Longest serving U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in establishing the United Nations. Hull's memory is preserved by Cordell Hull Dam, Cordell Hull Lake and his Cumberland School of Law. Stop at Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
Federal style James K. Polk, our 11th president, expanded U.S. borders to the Pacific, started the Naval Academy, commenced construction of the Washington Monument and issued the first postage stamp. See Polk's home in Columbia
Cradle of creativity, starring in a role of staunch allegiance to our nation's history, Tennessee is known for its contribution to the arts, to science and technology, to social justice, to the Union itself.
Words--Sequoyah's innovative writing system for the Cherokee, or books by remarkable authors, such as James Agee and Alex Haley--and music--Mary Costa's glorious opera notes, the vibrancy of Dolly Parton, Elvis' upbeat rockabilly, musician extraordinaire W. C. Handy, "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin --have interpreted the rich culture of our land.
Ambassadors, statesmen and three presidents; innovators such as Tennessee Whiskey's Jack Daniel and "Jungle Jack" Hanna; sports notables, such as Peyton Manning and brilliant Oak Ridge scientists have all called Tennessee home. You'll be surprised by amazing Tennesseans.