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Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium

 
 
Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carver Moore, June 7, 2019
1. Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium Marker
Inscription.  Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium was dedicated to Vanderbilt students and alumni killed in World War II on December 6, 1952. The site of civil rights activities; here in 1966 Nashville's Pearl High School won the first desegregated TSSAA basketball championship tournament. Here in 1967 Vanderbilt freshman Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard desegregated SEC basketball, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael spoke at the Impact Symposium, and Otis Redding preformed his final major concert. In 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke here shortly before he was killed.
 
Erected 2019 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 238.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsGovernment & PoliticsSportsWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 36° 8.703′ N, 86° 48.416′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on
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25th Avenue South. Located directly in front of Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2420 Vanderbilt Pl, Nashville TN 37240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duncan College Preparatory School for Boys (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anne Dallas Dudley (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Parthenon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cockrill Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); Natchez Trace (approx. ¼ mile away); Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Woman's Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vanderbilt University (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2019, by Carver Moore of Cookeville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on June 12, 2019, by Carver Moore of Cookeville, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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