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John Seigenthaler, 1927-2014


John Seigenthaler was a legendary journalist, civil rights champion, presidential adviser and so much more. Upon his passing, Mayor Karl Dean said: "Today we lost an iconic figure in Nashville's history -- a man who stood for inclusiveness long before it was synonymous with our city's culture. As a journalist, John did much more than bear witness to political and community affairs; he helped shape Nashville's story, laying much of the groundwork for us to become the great city we are today. Personally, he has been an advisor and a friend. Our city will feel his absence. Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to Dolores, John Michael, Kerry and Jack, the apple of John’s eye."

In 2012, Mr. Seigenthaler served as co-chair of Metro Government’s 50th anniversary. More recently, he was serving as executive editor of the Nashville Encyclopedia, which is under development as an online resource of Nashville history and culture.

In April, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge was renamed the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to honor him. As a reporter at The Tennessean, Seigenthaler saved a man from jumping off the bridge in 1954.

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John Seigenthaler at Pedestrian Bridge dedication ceremony