• The US World War One Centennial Commission
  • Photo of WWI soldiers marching
  • Weakley County War Memorial

West Tennessee in the World Wars

  • The US World War One Centennial Commission
  • Photo of WWI soldiers marching
  • Weakley County War Memorial

The West Tennessee Great War Project was established as part of the work of the Tennessee Great War Commission, and focuses exclusively on the area of Tennessee West of the Tennessee River. The Great War Commission was established in 2014 to develop and execute projects and activities that facilitate recognition of the 100 year anniversary of World War I. The West Tennessee Great War Project aims to:

  • gather the stories of those Tennesseans who served before and during the American involvement in the war.
  • offer through the University of Tennessee at Martin a resource for students of the Great War, and
  • invite the public to the many commemorative events to be held in Tennessee between 2015 and 2019.

Special Interest Sites

YouTube Video

West Tennessee Events FALL 2017

WORLD WAR I REMEMBERED: The work of UTK's Center for the Study of War and Society - UTMartin, Thursday, October 26, 2017

View the livestream of this event.

WORLD WAR I REMEMBERED: of Mules, Horses, and War in Tennessee - Jackson Madison County Public Library, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Remembering the Western Front 1914-1918 – A travel study to England, Belgium, AND France - May 20-31, 2018

JACKSON WINS NATIONAL GRANT TO RESTORE DOWNTOWN WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN (1917-1918)

World War I Memorial Fountain in Jackson, TN

Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls has received a $ 2,000.00 matching grant toward the restoration of the World War I Memorial Fountain in Jackson, Tennessee, as one of the first 50 recipients of such grants. The grant is part of a program entitled “100 Cities, 100 Memorials” that was initiated by the Pritzker Military Museum and Library with the United States World War I Centennial Commission. The World War I Memorial Fountain will be designated as an official World War I Memorial.

 

 

 

 

NEW JOHNSONVILLE STATE PARK, November 29, 2017, 11 am

The rededication of the African-American cemetery in the park is scheduled on Wednesday, November 29th at 11am to celebrate the park’s 80th Anniversary. Visitors will be able to view the park’s Smithsonian Waterways exhibit that shows the clearing of the cemetery and the resetting of some graves, two of which belong to veterans from WWI. For more information contact Bob Holliday I Park Manager, Bob.Holliday@tn.gov

WWI Places of Interest in West Tennessee

Research - Hanna Baker, UTM Student

Graphics Prepared by Ann Funkhouser