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Knoxville, Tennessee: John Sevier Tombstone, Iran Hostage Rescuer memorial

John Sevier was a Revolutionary War hero and later scourge of the Cherokee. He was dug up and reburied in the Knox County Courthouse lawn in 1889, and his tombstone was replaced with a big monument in 1922. The tombstone was mortared into an outdoor Courthouse wall. Next to it is a memorial to local martyr John McMillan, who died trying to rescue the Iranian hostages in 1980.

901 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN
The tombstone and memorial slab are mortared into the outside brick wall of the Old Knox County Courthouse. The wall is on the west side of S. Gay St., just south of its intersection with Main St. SW.
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Tombstone of John Sevier and Memorial to Iran Hostage Rescuer

On the brick wall of the building the old tombstone is inset to the right of the window, and the Iran hostage rescuer martyr memorial is to the left.

[Jeff Foushee, 05/12/2022]


Tombstone of John Sevier and Memorial to Iran Hostage Rescuer

This was my favorite part of walking around Downtown Knoxville looking at all the different monuments and sites around town.

[Melissa Grenier, 05/12/2022]

Embedded into the brick wall of the Old Knox County Courthouse are the original tombstones of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, and his second wife, Catherine. Next to it is a memorial to Charles McMillan II, who was killed during the failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt of April 1980.

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