Knox Heritage and East Tennessee Historical Alliance are establishing a Morristown College Legacy Garden on the 52 acre site on which Morristown College was opened in 1881. The property is now owned by the City of Morristown and newly named as Heritage Park. The proposal was adopted by the City and a double-sided, historical sign (Phase 1), will be erected in a temporary location for the park opening on Nov 16th, 2019. 

Future plans include creating a circular garden area with plantings around the sign. A Time Capsule will be buried under the sign.

The total cost of the project is $20K. The money is to be raised through tax deductible donations of any amount beginning Friday, November 1, 2019 and running to March 1, 2020. Checks may written to Knox Heritage, with Morristown College Legacy Site on the memo line. Contributions may be mailed to Knox Heritage, P. O. Box 1242, Knoxville, TN 37901.

Side 1 of Legacy Sign proposed by Knox Heritage and its affiliate, East Tennessee Historical Alliance.
Side 2 of the Legacy Sign on which first stood a “Freedom School” for the formerly enslaved (1868-1880) In 1881, Morristown Seminary, as it was then known, was opened and headed by President, Dr. Judson S. Hill. The school gres through the period of Reconstruction, the turn of the century, WWI, the Depression, WWII and into the Civil Rights era. It closed in 1994 as an Historic Black College that had persevered through the integration of all schools in the United States. This side of the sign shows some material from the book by local author JoVita Wells.
The proposal of Knox Heritage and its regional affiliate, East Tennessee Historical Alliance is that the sign be located within a circular garden with plantings and landscaping, memorial benches memorial bricks as part of the feature. A Time Capsule will be buried under the sign. Total cost of the project is estimated to be $20K. The money is to be raised through tax deductible donations of any amount beginning Friday, November 1, 2019 and running to March 1, 2020. Checks may written to Knox Heritage, with Morristown College Legacy Site on the memo line. Contributions may be mailed to Knox Heritage, P. O. Box 1242, Knoxville, TN 37901.