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Whitwell, Tennessee: Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips (Closed)

Packed into this Nazi box car are 11 million paper clips, each representing a World War II casualty. A sincere project by Tennessee school children.

Whitwell Middle School

1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, TN
At Whitwell Middle School. I-24 exit 155. Drive north on Hwy 28 for about 12 miles. Just before you get to town, turn left into Whitwell High School. Drive around the high school, turn left, then drive around Whitwell Middle School. The box car is next to the school's front door. You can access the car after school hours by picking up a key at Castle's Grocery, in town at 13563 TN-28.
Normally school hrs, closed 2024 during Gaza/Israel mess. (Call to verify)
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Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

March 2024: The school board has made the decision to keep it closed, out of an abundance of caution, with the events currently going on in Israel. Huge disappointment as it was out of our way to go visit this site.

[Liz, 03/10/2024]

Holocaust Box Car.

Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

This Holocaust memorial is very well done, educational. Beautiful, winding road to get there.

[Roadtrip18, 09/04/2023]

Paper clip memorial.

Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips

What a wonderful memorial to show that love can overcome hate.

[Jennifer Monroe, 08/06/2023]
Holocaust Box Car With 11 Million Paper Clips

The Children's Holocaust Memorial is located behind the middle school in a gated area; you will need a key to access the box car and see the memorial built with the 11 million paperclips. As of our recent visit, if you go after school hours or on the weekend, you still need to visit Castle Grocery to get the key. It's worth the 3 minute drive to see the inside the box car and hear the story behind the project and what it took to make it become the beautiful memorial. This was a very moving, thoughtful and well planned project... from the paperclips and box car, to the butterflies and symbols of remembrance and respect. This definitely a detour to take and is fit for people of all ages.

[Jen, Laura, Jonathan & Liam, 08/24/2019]

Holocaust Boxcar.

Holocaust Boxcar with 11 Million Paper Clips

Pick up the key for the boxcar from Castle's Grocery, not the store mentioned in the listing. At least as of 6/18/2018.

[Sue Jordan, 06/28/2018]

August 2019: Photo added.

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