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Samuel McElwee

Samuel McElwee PHOTO: TN State Library & Archives The most prominent African American to serve in the Tennessee legislature during the Reconstruction era, Samuel McElwee's life could make a great movie. He was born as a slave in Madison …

Sequoyah

There is a museum at Sequoyah's birthplace, near Vonore, Tennessee Sequoyah was a member of the Cherokee tribe, although his mother was Native American and his father was white. As a young man, he was injured in a hunting accident and became p…

W.C. Handy

A statue of W. C. Handy in Memphis Today Memphis, Tennessee, is known as the “Home of the Blues.” No one deserves more credit for this than W. C. Handy -- the “Father of the Blues.” William Christopher Handy was born…

William Blount

Blount's statue at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia William Blount is the only Tennessean who signed the U.S. Constitution. He was governor of the Southwest Territory, which Tennessee was part of before it became a state. He wa…

William Brownlow

William Brownlow PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives William "Parson" Brownlow is probably the most controversial person to ever hold the office of Tennessee governor. He started as a Methodist preacher, and in the 1850s became the ed…