Highlander named to “Ten in Tenn” list
The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) recently announced its 2014 Ten in Tennessee list of endangered places. “This year’s Ten in Tenn list includes a wide variety of sites across the state, and it is the first time an entire city has been included in the listing,” said Currey. “TPT provides a voice for those throughout the state who nominated historic properties to our list. It is important to them and to us that these irreplaceable historic treasures remain a parHit of their communities and our state.”
The Ten in Tennessee list of endangered properties is TPT’s strongest advocacy tool for the state’s most endangered historic sites. The public nominates each site from Tennessee’s nine Development Districts. Listing on the Ten in Tennessee Endangered List raises awareness of the property’s historic value, gives credibility to restoring the building, and draws the much needed attention of the public.
This year’s list includes properties in the following cities and counties throughout Tennessee: Tipton, Obion, Hamilton, Williamson, Davidson, Hawkins, Maury, Washington, Madison, Grundy, Blount and Overton.
Highlander Folk School, located in Monteagle, has been named as on of the top ten. The historical significance of the school was detailed in the announcement:
“ From 1932 until the mid-1940s, Highlander’s mission was to build a progressive labor movement among the region’s woodcutters, coal miners, government relief workers, textile workers and farming families in the South. Such prominent Civil Rights activists as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Lawson participated in workshops at Highlander in the 1950s. The school also found support from others, including Eleanor Roosevelt, United Nations Under-Secretary Ralph J. Bunche, and folk singer Pete Seeger.
“Over the years, Highlander faced multiple threats with charges brought by the IRS, the FBI, a Congressional Senate security subcommittee, the...