Get healthy and learn about history this Fourth of July with McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley.
The leader of the city will be taking that same role during two walks on Tuesday morning: The children’s Fun Run and Walk at 7:30 a.m. offered by Noon Rotary Club, and a 10 a.m. tour of Riverside Cemetery and Our Ebenezer.
“I’m going to be like the grand marshal of the children’s walk offered by Rotary,” said Haley. “That walk will be part of the Healthier Tennessee initiative. We want to promote health.”
Healthier Tennessee, through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, is a movement of people from all walks of life all across the state banding together to improve our health. It encourages residents to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercising more, making smarter food choices, and cutting out tobacco products.
Following that walk, the mayor will be offering a cemetery tour with a focus on Sam Leftrict, his gravesite, the Town Springs and a stone monument named Our Ebenezer that was erected at the site of the town’s original water source.
“We are going to stop at the city spring and talk about the community and the quarry that was there at the spring,” said Haley. “I’m going to talk about the Ebenezer stone and Mr. Sam Leftrict and walk down to his tombstone.”
Leftrict, who was of mixed race, was co-owner of the quarry. He was a skilled stone mason and was born a slave.
According to Haley, he wanted to be buried in the white-only section of the segregated cemetery. His request was denied. Because of that, he was buried at the end of the main driveway so all visitors to the cemetery see his tombstone.
Registration for the one-mile run and walk for children age 10 and under begins at 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and West Court Square, while the history walk is open to everyone and begins at 10 a.m. at the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.