Clinton, Tennessee: Clinton Twelve Statues

First black students to integrate a public school in the South. It happened in 1956, and a large figurative sculpture depicts those who walked daily as a group to all-white Clinton High.

Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Address:
101 School St, Clinton, TN
Directions:
W Broad St. and School St.
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Clinton Twelve.

Clinton Twelve Statues

Incredibly well sculpted statues.

[Christine Lillesand, 03/06/2018]

The official title of the sculpture is "Walking Into History."

School museum.

Clinton Twelve Statues

The statues and accompanying cultural center are at the top of a very steep hill and commemorate the 1956 integration of the public school. The monument itself is very nicely done and there was a museum behind the statues set in an old blacks-only school. We almost did not go to the museum because there is no signage out front indicating that it's open or it even exists. The museum's hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. There was a short seven minute video and a modest exhibit hall. Worth the trip to see how far our country has come, and how far we still have to go.

[Geoff Gingerich, 08/26/2017]

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