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Matthew Maury

Matthew Maury PHOTO: Library of Congress Know anything about oceanography? Oceanography is the study of oceans -- currents, ocean temperatures, the terrain at the bottom of the ocean, -- this sort of thing. Since Tennessee has no coastline, you&…

Morris Frank & Buddy

Morris Frank and Buddy PHOTO: TN State Library & Archives Morris Frank was a blind man who helped start the first school that trained seeing eye dogs. His dog Buddy is considered to be the first seeing eye dog in America. This amazing story …

Nancy Ward

A statue of Nancy Ward Nancy Ward was born as a member of the Cherokee tribe sometime around 1738, and at that time her name was Nan’yehi. As a young woman she took part in battles against other Native American tribes, and largely because of…

Nathan Bedford Forrest

A statue of Nathan Forrest in Memphis Nathan Bedford Forrest was once described by Union General William Sherman as “the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side.” He may also be the most controversial person in Ameri…

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt PHOTO: University of Tennessee Pat Summitt was one of the greatest coaches of all-time, in any sport and at any level. She was born in tiny Henrietta, Tennessee, and attended Cheatham County Central High School and the University of T…