The Tennessee State Capitol took 14 years to build and is known for its extensive use of stone and structural iron. Contributed photo.
BLOUNTVILLE — A few of the region’s political stars recently came to the main library inside Sullivan Central High School for a documentary screening starring an iconic state building.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Sullivan Central graduate, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and other state and local officials joined students for a viewing of “Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition.”
The documentary, produced by the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, chronicles the history of the Capitol building in Nashville from the start of its construction through the present day. DVD copies of the documentary are being distributed to every public school throughout the state.
“A lot of people are not able to get to the state Capitol to see it,” Hargett told the students. “I’m surprised how many people have never been. It’s our goal to bring the Capitol to you. It’s one of the oldest working state capitols in the country.”
Construction on the Capitol — a stone Greek revival style structure — began in 1845 and took 14 years to complete.
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