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Lawrenceburg in Lawrence County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
James David Vaughn
1864~1941
 
James David Vaughn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, September 26, 2009
1. James David Vaughn Marker
 
Inscription. Born in 1864, James D. Vaughan was a renowned gospel songwriter and publisher. In 1902 he founded the Vaughan Music Company in Lawrenceburg. In 1922, he established radio station WOAN, considered the first radio station licensed in Tennessee. In 1925, Vaughan had sixteen full~time gospel quartets touring the nation. Operating in Lawrenceburg until 1929 , WOAN broadcasted gospel music throughout the South.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3 F 43.)
 
Location. 35° 14.418′ N, 87° 20.117′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Click for map. This historical marker is at the exact location of Vaughan Publishing Company where today stands an impressive SunTrust Bank branch office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Public Square, Lawrenceburg TN 38464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. David Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawrence County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Skirmish at Lawrenceburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse - Lawrence County Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); David Crockett's Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneers in Textiles (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceburg.
 
James David Vaughn Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, September 26, 2010
2. James David Vaughn Plaque
James David Vaughn 1864-1941 Inducted in 1997 to Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame This plaque can be seen in Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tn. In the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
 

 
Also see . . .  James D. Vaughn ~1864~1941. The first in a series of articles in Singing News magazine. . . . The First 100 Years of Southern Gospel Music a century being documented by Singing News (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. James D Vaughan
The Vaughan museum located on the Historic Public Square in Lawrenceburg, on the spot were Mr. Vaughan began the music school and publishing company ... now upstairs in the Suntrust Bank Building. A James D Vaughan Festival is held each July in Lawrenceburg, we invite you to attend.
    — Submitted March 31, 2011.
 
James David Vaughn Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
3. James David Vaughn Marker
 
 
James David Vaughn and the Vaughn Quartet cica 1910 Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, March 13, 2012
4. James David Vaughn and the Vaughn Quartet cica 1910
Vaughn Quartet her to night Vaughn is the founder of the music known as Southern Gospel. From this location on the Square, Vaughn financed the first professional gospel quartets. Because of Vaughn and his many associates, the United States Congress has declared Lawrenceburg as the birthplace of Southern Gospel Music.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 706 times since then. Last updated on March 16, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. Photos:   1. submitted on March 10, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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