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Mary Litchford, left, and Virginia Jennings are looking forward to the Coffee County Senior Citizens Center trip to Nashville Tuesday. A group of about 50 people will leave the center Tuesday morning to take part in a tour of Nashville history in recognition of Black History Month.

To celebrate Black History Month, local seniors will take a trip to Nashville on Tuesday.

The Coffee County Senior Citizens Center of Tullahoma has organized the event to recognize the significance of African-American history.

A group of about 50 individuals will leave the center Tuesday morning to take part in the tour of historic Nashville, according to Vickie Fulmer, executive director of the senior center.

A bus and a tour guide with Estes Bus Service will pick up the participants from the center in Tullahoma.

“Before lunch at the Farmer’s Market in Nashville, our tour guide will take us to several historic places that highlight black history and Tennessee history,” Fulmer said.

In the afternoon, the group will visit the Tennessee State Museum.

The museum offers various permanent exhibits, including Natural History and Change and Challenge.

One of the main displays focuses on the Civil War.

The Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1870) exhibit highlights the times of conflict and change for the people of Tennessee. Featured artifacts and stories in this exhibit document a period that forced Tennesseans to take sides. Visitors will learn how Tennesseans determined to secede from the union and how the state remained divided throughout the war, according to www.tnmuseum.org.

Major battles and personalities are featured, including the experiences of common soldiers. African-Americans are highlighted as they seek their freedom, and some eventually fight for the Union, according to www.tnmuseum.org.

Additionally, the museum offers several temporary displays, including The State of Sound: Tennessee Musical Heritage and Early Expressions: Art in Tennessee Before 1900.

Learning about the history of the country is essential, said Fulmer. 

To celebrate Black History Month, the senior citizens center has displayed several posters at the facility focusing on significant events that are part of black history.

The Coffee County Senior Citizens Center of Tullahoma is located at 410 N. Collins St. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about programs and activities, call 931-455-2504.

Elena Cawley may be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.