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03-29-2011, 04:06 PM
Digging the Sarchasm
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Originally Posted by JustAnotherHockeyFan View Post
Just a question, why does Nashville have a copy of the Parthenon?
The posts above are correct. Nashville has/had a large number of higher education facilities and was also the first Southern city to operate its own public school system by the time the Parthenon was built in 1897. The nickname "Athens of the South" influenced the decision to build the Parthenon as part of Tennessee's Centennial celebration.

My father tells me his favorite memory of the Parthenon was the old Harvey Nativity scene that was placed in front of it during Christmas time during the '50s and '60s. Of course that went away a long time ago and most people not forced to go into the Parthenon as part of a field trip typically forget it's even here. But I'm a history nut and love it.

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