November World War I Exhibit – Extended Through January!

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Through the month of November, the display cases at the library are featuring an exhibit entitled, “While the World Was at War.  A Jackson Montage, 1914 – 1919.”  It offers a glimpse at The display offers a few historical glimpses of happenings in Jackson during the period of World War I.

Featured are photographs and scanned images of documents, letters, and newspaper clippings. Each item or cluster of items reflects on a fragment of life in Jackson “while the world was at war.” An example is the Coca Cola bottling plant built on Bolivar St. (Riverside Drive). It was built in 1912, the same year the American flag became a 48 star flag with the addition of two new states. The featured photo was taken about 1916, the year Coca Cola introduced the familiar shaped bottled still in use today.

Two years later,after America had entered the war, the boys and girls in the Jackson High School class of 1918, each raised money to purchase a new flag (the relatively new 48 star flag) for the school. Robert Moore, founder of Moore Studio in 1903, was probably the most prominent photographer of street scenes, buildings, portraits, and school pictures in Jackson during this era.

Also featured is an original WWI helmet worn by Liberty Birmingham, grandfather of our current County Court Clerk. The Jackson Sun, like all newspapers throughout the country, announced the cease fire, or armistice on November 11, 1918. The Tennessee Room has an original copy of this paper and a scanned image of the headline is featured in the exhibit.

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