Kingsport: Freedom Train

On October 1, 1948, the first Freedom Train pulled into the Kingsport train station and opened its doors upon an exhibit of dozens of original “documents of liberty.”

I’ve updated our HistoryPin Channel by adding a tour of the Freedom Train. The brain child of President Truman and the staff of Attorney General Tom Clark, the train traversed the 48 states between September 1947 and January 1949.

The program that morning included speeches and a performance by the Dobyns Bennett Band.

The program that morning included speeches and a performance by the Dobyns Bennett Band.


The Kingsport Press distributed booklets in the community that featured synopses of the documents exhibited.
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The back cover had a very interesting treatise on citizenship.
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I selected from among my favorite pages to show an example of the documents exhibited with their brief histories. Click to enlarge if the print is too fine.

Notice the booklet gives a reference for the collection or repository responsible for each document.

Notice the booklet gives a reference for the collection or repository responsible for each document.


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To read more about the original Freedom train, go here and here. And if you were lucky enough to visit the 1976 Freedom Train like I was, you can read more about that, here.

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One Response to Kingsport: Freedom Train

  1. kathleen fueston says:

    Great post. I especially liked the Nine Promises of a Good Citizen. All things we should still be teaching.

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