Award-Winning TWC-Funded Project


Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park received the Tennessee State Parks Award for Excellence in Interpretation from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Funds from a $10,000 Tennessee Wars Commission grant were used to expand African American interpretation in the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. For this project, two outdoor classrooms were constructed in the park’s amphitheater. As the pandemic forced public programming to go online, park staff utilized social media and interpretive videos for educational outreach. Live history in the urban state park returned in time to commemorate Tennessee’s 225th year of statehood and the park’s 25th anniversary on June 1—to the delight of crowds who came to celebrate.

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