‘This founded a state’: Knoxville’s role in Tenn. history as state turns 225

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennessee is marking a milestone birthday: 225 years. On June 1, 1796, Tennessee officially became a state.

Maybe you’ve heard Knoxville called the birthplace of the state of Tennessee? That’s because the discussions and documents that paved the way to statehood happened in downtown Knoxville.

“Knoxville was the site of the, I think naturally, the site of the Constitutional Convention and then it became the capital of Tennessee,” said Jack Neely with the Knoxville History Project.

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