Bicentennial Commission Requests Public Feedback
on Local Historical Milestones
The Jackson Madison County Bicentennial Commission will be in the City Hall lobby at 101 E Main St on Tuesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet with residents and learn more about the personal history of the community in an effort to develop a comprehensive view of not only the pillars of the past 200 years but also the significance of current events and what the community should aspire to in the future.
During this forum, residents will be invited to submit responses to the following questions:
- What do you want us to remember?
- What can we celebrate today?
- How can we leave a legacy for tomorrow?
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the forum, but is unable to attend in-person can also submit responses online through a survey posted at facebook.com/jacksonmadison200.
Planning is underway for multiple events during the year-long celebration, including a kick-off event in August 2021, Celebration of Madison’s County formation in November 2021, 200 Voice Choir performance, monthly themed educational programs, partnerships with local organizations, as well as a community homecoming celebration. The culmination of the year-long celebration will occur in August 2022 with a dedication of public art project, the creation of a time capsule to be opened in 50 years and a musical celebration with fireworks.
Affiliated events will also be celebrated throughout the year hosted by various local groups and organizations.
About the Jackson Madison County Bicentennial Celebration
The City of Jackson and Madison County will both celebrate bicentennial anniversaries, respectively in 2022 and 2021. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of 200 years of history, culture and community.
Madison County was established by the Tennessee Legislature on November 7, 1821, and was named after founding father and fourth President of the United States, James Madison.
The City of Jackson was formerly known as Alexandria but was renamed in honor of Tennessee native and seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson on August 17, 1822.
City Mayor Scott Conger and County Mayor Jimmy Harris asked local community volunteer Elaine Christian to serve as Commission Chair. Other Bicentennial Organizing Commission members include Anita Kay Archer, Ted Austin, Leigh Anne Bentley, Trey Cleek, Gayle Gilbert, Loni Harris, Dennis Henderson, Ken Newman, Judy Renshaw, Randy Wallace, and Marda Wallace.