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."
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. "
I was a small child the statue stood at 16th and Broad and
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
a website with pictures of the statue
in front of the school
tidbit on Baxter here
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.