Officials dedicate new Civil War trail markers in historic Brownsville Square

Monday morning two civil war markers were revealed to public

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Residents filled Tamm Park in Brownsville Monday morning for the dedication of two Civil War trail markers.

IMG_0197One pays homage to more than 200,000 African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

“I think it was amazing that they are finally being recognized in a way, with a permanent marker so that for history and throughout time this marker can be here to remind everyone who served and how they served for our freedom,” said Deborah Harrison, the great-great granddaughter of a sergeant who served.

The second marker is a diary entry about living during the Civil War written by Becky Thornton’s great-great grandmother.

“I feel so honored that the diary that I found by accident and transcribed, that the entry she wrote in the Civil War were actually picked to be on this marker,” Thornton said.

Even though across the country people are calling for the removal of Civil War monuments, the Tennessee Tourism Commissioner says good or bad, history is history and it should never be forgotten.

“Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it,” Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplet said. “And it is important to have markers of this type, not only from a tourism standpoint but a knowledge standpoint.”

Mayor Bill Rawls says these markers are just another piece of Brownsville history.

“It’s very important that sometimes we look in the rear-view mirror to see what our past and our history looks like so we understand why we got to where we are today and how we move forward in the future,” Mayor Rawls said.

The historic Civil War trail includes five states and more than 15,000 destinations. Across the state of Tennessee, there are more than 350 Civil War historic markers.

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