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Monday, April 10, 2017

In the news: Will President Polk's Grave move?

President James K. Polk tomb, Nashville

The body of President James K. Polk and his wife Sarah are buried on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol. His first permanent resting place was at Polk Place, his mansion in downtown Nashville. After Sarah Polk died many years later, Polks grave was moved as developers wanted to use the land of Polk Place for another purpose, and the mansion was torn down. (This story by itself is very irksome to historic preservationists.)

Recently, The TN state senate voted to move Polk's remains from the state capitol to the Polk Ancestral home in Columbia, TN. You can read that story here.

However, the Tennessee Historic Commission as well as other preservation groups are against the move. You can read that story here.

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