The Tennessee State Library and Archives this week opened its newest exhibit, Governors of Tennessee, in conjunction with the 2019 Gubernatorial Inauguration, which is coming up Jan. 19.
Governors of Tennessee will run through spring 2019.
The exhibit features information and materials from the Library and Archive’s extensive collections. Visitors will experience a visual timeline, with a special focus on each of the 49 governors throughout Tennessee’s history beginning with John Sevier (1796) and ending with Bill Haslam (2019).
“The timeliness of this exhibit makes it something special for all Tennesseans,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “As we welcome the 50th governor of Tennessee, I encourage Tennesseans to visit this free exhibit where they can learn more about our great state and celebrate the strong leadership that brought us to where we are today.”
Bill Lee of Williamson County will be sworn in as the 50th governor of Tennessee in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in Legislative Plaza. The oath of office will be administered by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins, a fellow Williamson County resident.
As part of the celebration, the Library and Archives will also display a curated selection of original archival documents. Exhibition cases present the personal papers and government record collections of many former governors. One display features correspondence with notable Tennessee celebrities including Elvis and Johnny Cash.
“The Library & Archives holds the papers of each of the state’s past governors. They are rich with history and tell many fascinating stories,” state librarian and archivist Chuck Sherrill said. “This exhibit provides just a glimpse of all that is here to be explored.”
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. N. Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.
The Governors of Tennessee exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesdays – Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.