Jackson & Madison County Tennessee Milestones

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Jackson & Madison County, Tennessee, Milestones celebrates 200 years of achievement in the "Hub City" of West Tennessee. This 100-page, full color book highlights 86 social, economic, political, and cultural milestones ranging from the prehistoric ceremonial site at Pinson Mounds to the induction of poet, songwriter, and musician Gil Scott-Heron into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Prehistoric Ceremonial Site (Pinson Mounds)
The Chickasaws Relinquish West Tennessee
Madison County is Established
Jackson Becomes the County Seat
The First Newspaper is Published (The Pioneer)
Jackson Male Academy Opens
Bishop Isaac Lane is Born (Founder of Lane College)
Memphis Conference Female Institute is Chartered
West Tennessee College is Chartered
West Division Agricultural Fair Opens (Beginning of the West Tennessee State Fair)
The Railroad Arrives in Jackson
Union Occupation of Jackson
Battle of Britton’s Lane
Battle of Salem Cemetery
Union Forces Evacuate Jackson
Former Enslaved Men Become Soldiers (the 61st U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War)
The Town of Jackson Becomes The City of Jackson
Bringing Manufacturing to Jackson
Academy of the Immaculate Conception is Chartered (Beginning of St. Mary’s Catholic  School)
The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America is Founded
Manufactured Gas for Jackson
Public Schools for Jackson and Madison County
Southwestern Baptist University Opens
Yellow Fever Ravages the Mississippi Valley
South Jackson School Opens
First Organized Fire Department
CME High School Opens (Beginning of Lane College)
Jackson Telephone Company is Incorporated
Water Works Begin Operation
Electricity Comes to Jackson
Street Cars for Public Transportation
Casey Jones and the Wreck of Engine 382
Jackson Fibre Company is Chartered (The Bemis Mill and Community)
University of West Tennessee is Chartered
Formal Opening of the Marlowe Theater
Jackson Free Library Opens
First Professional Baseball Team is Organized
West Tennessee Experimental Station is Established
Merchants Association of Jackson is Chartered (Beginning of the Chamber of Commerce)
Southwestern Baptist University Becomes Union University
Southern Motor Works is Chartered
The Rosenwald School Fund in Madison County
The American Red Cross Opens Headquarters in Jackson
Sue Shelton White Helps Give Women the Right to Vote
Tornado Destroys Pinson
South Jackson School Becomes Merry High School
Memphis Conference Female Institute Becomes Lambuth College
“Sonny Boy” Williamson Receives His First Harmonica
George-Anna Tourist Cottages Open
First Radio Station Goes On Air (WTJS)
Electricity Comes to Rural Madison County
Greyhound Bus Station Opens in Jackson
Jackson Branch of the NAACP is Organized
Historic Madison is Published
Jackson General Hospital is Dedicated
The Jackson Clinic Opens
First Commericial Flight Lands at McKellar Field
Miss Tennessee Pageant Comes to Jackson
“Big Maybelle” Performs at Homecoming Concert
First Television Station Goes On Air (WDXI-TV)
Carl Perkins Writes the Song “Blue Suede Shoes”
Desegregatation of City Buses
Lunch Counter Sit-Ins in Downtown Jackson
Interstate 40 is Completed Through Madison County
Tigrett Junior High Becomes the First Integrated School
First Shopping Center in Jackson Opens (Hollywood Shopping Center)
First Black Student to Graduate from Jackson High School
Opening of The Old County Store
Old Hickory Mall Opens
Student Enrollment Begins for Jackson State Community College
Jackson Coliseum Opens (Oman Arena)
First Graduation of Jackson Central-Merry High School
The Jackson Civic Center Opens
Jackson Greenbelt Proposed (Kate Campbell Robertson Park, Cypree Grove Nature Park)
The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center Opens
Hard Rock Cafe Opens at Old Hickory Mall
Federal Court Ruling Abolishes Jackson City Commission
Mayor-City Council Government Begins
Fairgrounds Park is Dedicated
Jackson and Madison County Schools Consolidate
Two Tornadoes Strike Madison County
Ned R. McWherter West Tennessee Cultural Arts Center Officially Opens
EF-4 Tornado Devastates Jackson and Madison County
Jackson Energy Authority Launches Broadband Network
State of Emergency Declared in COVID-19 Pandemic
Gil Scott-Heron Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame