FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - A new monument honoring Black soldiers who fought in the Civil War is coming to downtown.

Five markers were added this past year to the Franklin square, honoring the Black soldiers’ contribution in the Civil War.

A spot already picked for a new statue in front of the historic Williamson County Courthouse.

“These markers have been planned now for more than a year, but we got the $50,000 fundraising to make the statue happen and it will be ready next year,” said Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey.

Franklin’s charm and most popular tourist site is the downtown square, where the Confederate soldier has stood along since 1899. That changes next year, sometime before Juneteenth – June 19.

The new statue for what then were called Colored soldiers is expected to stand six feet tall for a reason.

“We want people to be able to see it eye to eye,” said Peyton Clark.

 
 
 

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