Historical Markers Program

One of the most visible and longstanding programs of the THC is the Historical Markers Program. This program, which began in the late 1940s, has erected nearly 2000 markers commemorating sites, persons, and events significant in Tennessee history. Only a few new markers may  be placed through Commission funding each year. However, the Commission places approximately 20 markers per year that are funded by sponsors. Many markers previously placed become missing or in need of repair. The Commission maintains a list of missing or damaged markers and relies on the public and local officials to report these as well. The THC attends to replacement and repair as funds become available. The Commission has published two guides, one of which highlights those markers relative to the heritage of African Americans. Both publications are available from the Commission and other vendors. The markers program is an effective means of introducing highway travelers to Tennessee history.