I have a dream The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chronicles key episodes and legacy of the American civil rights movement. Visit the museum's collections, exhibitions and educational programs
Battle above the clouds After dawn, Lookout Mountain's unique shape and location can experience fog descending from the cooler mountaintop to the valley below, stopping about halfway down. And, so it happened November 24, 1863. Learn about the battle fought on the slopes
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
Tennesseans at War
Tennessee's willingness to lend a helping hand and lead in times of peril is immortalized in the beautiful memorials, fascinating museums and legendary military landmarks that decorate the state and honor the fallen heroes of War of 1812, the World Wars and the Civil War.
After a display of marked valor during the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans, Tennessee earned the name of "the Volunteer State." In the years to follow, Tennessee lived up to this reputation, furnishing more soldiers to the Confederate and Union armies than any other southern state during the Civil War. And, later, Tennessee sent more National Guard soldiers to the Persian Gulf than any other state.
During World War II, Tennessee played a primary role in the creation of the atomic age. The total war effort reshaped the face of the state from predominantly agricultural to increasingly urban and industrialized.
Visit a museum, battlefield or monument. Delve deep into our Volunteer State's colorful tapestry of war stories, inspiring heroes and seemingly impossible undertakings.