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On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Congressman Steve Cohen introduced the Evaluating Lynching Locations for National Park Sites Act, which directs the National Park Service to evaluate lynching sites within approximately 100 miles of Memphis for potential inclusion in the National Park System.
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CMA Fest bans Confederate imagery ahead of 2022 event

Matthew Leimkuehler
Nashville Tennessean 
Published 11:38 am CT June 1, 2022 | Updated 1:24 pm CT June 1, 2022
Country music fans fill the lawn at the Riverfront Stage during the 2019 CMA Fest Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
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This year, CMA Fest joins a growing list of major country music events to ban attendees from displaying Confederate imagery. 

The four-day Nashville festival – considered one of the largest country music gatherings in the world – lists “Confederate flag imagery of any kind” under prohibited items for the 2022 event, according to  

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New brick pavers in downtown Franklin honor 19 more Black Civil War soldiers

Anika Exum
Nashville Tennessean 
Published 9:00 pm CT on June 1, 2022 | Updated 10:18 am CT on June 4, 2022
29 new brick pavers, including 19 honoring members of the United States Colored Troops, were honored during a Memorial Day ceremony in Franklin, Tenn. on Monday, May 30, 2022.  USCT soldiers were Black soldiers who served during the Civil War, often in exchange for freedom from enslavement.  Anika Exum | The Tennessean 
The Tennessean - Veteran's Park in downtown Franklin has immortalized the sacrifices of 29 veterans, including 19 Black soldiers who fought in the United States Colored Troops and the United States Navy during the Civil War — often in exchange for freedom.

The brick pavers were dedicated on Memorial Day. 

"From the American Revolution to the current time, over 1,000,000 American men and women have made the supreme sacrifice," Williamson County mayor Rogers Anderson said Monday in his address before joining Franklin Mayor Ken Moore to read off the engraved names of both Black and white soldiers.

"They died so that we could continue to cherish the things that we love." 

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