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The James K. Polk Memorial Association is currently gauging public support for the proposal to move President and Mrs. Polk’s remains and tomb to the Polk Home’s grounds. We are especially interested in the opinions of Polk family members. Feel free to send an e-mail message to email@example.com or call Polk Home curator Thomas Price at (931) 388–2354.
The James K. Polk Memorial Association hereby gives public notice of its intention to petition the Tennessee Historical Commission for a waiver authorizing the removal and relocation of the tomb belonging to President James Knox Polk and his wife, Sarah Childress Polk. The tomb is presently located on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee. The James K. Polk Memorial Association finds compelling reason to relocate the tomb as well as the remains of President and Mrs. Polk to the grounds of the James K. Polk Home at 301 West 7th Street in Columbia, Tennessee. The home was built by President Polk’s father, Samuel Polk, in 1816 and is the President’s only surviving residence other than the White House. The relocation of the tomb of President and Mrs. Polk to Columbia is expected to significantly increase access and traffic to the grave site, honoring the memory and wishes of a great national leader. Furthermore, the relocation of the tomb will create new opportunities to educate the public not only on President Polk himself but also on national expansion and other historically significant achievements of his presidency. Once the Petition for Waiver is filed, a copy of the petition and supporting documentation will be available at no cost upon written request to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum, P.O. Box 741, Columbia, Tennessee 38402. You can also visit the Polk Home’s web page at www.jameskpolk.com.
The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia, TN.
Free parking is available in the lot across 7th Street or along High Street on the east side of the main house.