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Knoxville’s Civil War era churches and cemeteries will be the topic of a lecture at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Sunday, January 18.

The event kicks off the fifth annual McClung Museum Civil War Lecture series, which focuses on the places and people of the Civil War in East Tennessee.

Sunday’s lecture, “Churches and Cemeteries in Knoxville 1861–1865: Religious War Stories,” will examine the religious institutions of Knoxville as they endured the war years, and how clergy, congregations, buildings, and land were impacted by the turmoil of the times.

Each monthly talk takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the McClung Museum auditorium and is given by McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming lectures in the series include:

  • “Brownlow’s Whig and Rebel Ventilator: How Not to Heal the Wounds,” February 22
  • “Knoxville’s Railroad, Connection and Division: Transportation Influences During the Civil War,” March 29
  • “Four Years of Civil War Commemoration in Knoxville,” April 26

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

First-come, first-served free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is also available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Joan Markel (865-974-2144,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,