Monday, July 8, 2013

Secretary of State Premieres Tennessee State Capitol Documentary

It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways. Not to mention its role as the site of many of the most important events in Tennessee's history. The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell - and some of those stories were revealed in a documentary about the building that premiered last week. In attendance were state legislators, department commissioners, representatives from preservation groups and others.

State Capitol during the dedication of the Andrew Jackson statue. A crowd has gathered on the hill, the street and the roof of the Capitol building.

The documentary was created by the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It is the first part of a project that will eventually include a virtual tour of the Capitol building and its grounds, and feature stories about the building and influential people in Tennessee history.

When completed, the entire project will be burned onto DVDs that will be distributed to schools throughout the state. The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly's approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by Representative Jim Coley and Senator Ken Yager.

For more information, we encourage you to read the entire press release of this story, where you will find a link to the documentary and historic images of the Capitol on our website. The documentary and information on the images used in the film are available at Additionally, the virtual tour, mini-features, and fun stories about the Tennessee State Capitol will be available soon.

Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition from Tennessee Department of State on Vimeo.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.


  1. What date was the Andrew Jackson statue dedicated?

  2. Thanks for your question and for your interest in this project. An article in the May 20, 1880 Nashville Daily American announced that the Andrew Jackson equestrian statue would be unveiled that day. The statue has been an important part of the Tennessee State Capitol landscape ever since.