Battle of Athens Site, TN
Learn about one of the most important moments in the history of Athens, Tennessee at the Battle of Athens Site. Visit the many sites in the region where local veterans fought for fairness in elections and treatment.
The Battle of Athens in 1946 entailed many residents of the City of Athens, including recent war veterans, rebelling against the local government. This came amid concerns regarding unfair treatment by the local police and corruption in the government. The battle entailed issues surrounding local government officials altering election results in their favor as a means of keeping a more authoritative hold on the town.
The event in Athens, TN was critical to exposing how many smaller communities are often likely to hold power and abuse it in many ways. Learn as you go around the site about how the event directly impacted elections and other governmental actions around Tennessee and other parts of the country.
Visit the old polling place station and see the original government buildings where the Battle of Athens took place at. Some of the buildings have been razed although markers are around the spots where they were located. The event is considered important for the development of a stronger government while encouraging a sense of fairness in daily operations.