Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Green McAdoo Cultural Center

Clinton, TN
Bringing Memory to History

On August 27, 1956, twelve young people walked into a school in Clinton, Tennessee, and changed history. They were the first to desegregate a public school in the South, and one of the 12, Bobby Cain, became the first African American to graduate from an integrated Southern school. It was far from easy, but Clinton’s is a story of a community coming together to abide by the rule of law, despite bombings, beatings, martial law, and an invasion of racist agitators. Fifty years later, Eisterhold was hired to tell this story in a museum on the very site where a dozen children—and a steadfast community—made history.