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National Day of Service Planned For Johnsonville State Historic Park

Monday, January 05, 2015 | 05:40am

Volunteer Day Scheduled for Jan. 19 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

New Johnsonville, Tenn. – Johnsonville State Historic Park will host a volunteer workday on Monday, Jan. 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Add your hands to those of the staff of Johnsonville State Historic Park to work together to clear limbs and brush from the historic railroad turntable and the African-American Cemetery Loop Trail.

“We look forward to hosting this volunteer event as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service,” Johnsonville State Historic Park Ranger Bob Holliday said. “The historic railroad turntable and African-American Cemetery are important historic features to the story of Old Johnsonville. With the help of volunteers we can better improve access to these areas of the park.”

Individuals, families, church youth groups, scout groups and students who need to complete service hours are welcome and encouraged to help. Volunteers are encouraged to wear outdoor winter work clothing and footwear. Follow the event parking signs to find the work area. The volunteer workday will be cancelled in the event of severe weather. 

Located off U.S. Highway 70, Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park, on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake, encompasses and overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville which occurred, Nov. 4, 1864. Two large artillery redoubts and other surviving fortifications can be visited at the park. For more information, contact 931-535-2789 or visit http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/johnsonville.

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