Jere Baxter Statue

"The statute of Jere Baxter is now located in front of the new Jere Baxter school off of Ben Allen Road, not far from the old school."
-Laura Carney

I've seen this statue in front of the School named for him on Gallatin Road. It's not there now. I've also seen a picture where it looks like it was located in the middle of the intersection of 1st and Broadway. Anyone know where it is now and has been?

August 1, 03
Laura Carney writes "...the statute of Jere Baxter is now located in front of the new Jere Baxter school off of Ben Allen Road, not far from the old school. "
Thanks Laura!

"When I was a small child the statue stood at 16th and Broad and West End facing town (east).  It was then very black from ole "Smokey Joe" as we used to call the air pollution.  I was a student at Jere Baxter when the statue was moved to the school at Ben Allen and Gallatin Road- this must have been either 1945 or 1946.  Very soon after arriving it was painted gold. Lige Harris was principal then."- 
Dave Price
Thanks Dave!

Here's a website with pictures of the statue
in front of the school

Interesting tidbit on Baxter here ,

KINNEY, BELLE (1890-1959)
Belle Kinney was the sculptor for the monument to the Women of the Confederacy on the southwest corner of Legislative Plaza, and she and her husband, sculptor Leopold Scholz, collaborated on the Victory Statue in the War Memorial Building court. Born in Nashville, Kinney won first place in a youth competition at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition for a bust she had sculpted of her father when she was only seven years old. At age 15, she received a scholarship to study sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first commission at the age of seventeen was for the statue of Jere Baxter, organizer of the Tennessee Central Railroad. The monument to the Women of the Confederacy was one of ten such monuments proposed for erection throughout the South. Kinney won a competition for this commission, the first ever given for the erection of a monument to a group of women. Kinney also sculpted statues of Andrew Jackson and Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, which stand in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and she and her husband created the figures of the east and west pediments of The parthenon.

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