March set for Saturday in Tullahoma

Terrance Martin, a Cowan native now living in Brooklyn, New York City, speaks into a bullhorn in front of Jade Battle, 5, at the peaceful protest march in Winchester Saturday, June 6.

Updated Information

According to event organizers, the march will no longer end at South Jackson Civic Center due to a private event being held at the center that day.

Instead the march will leave Tullahoma City Hall and head back to C.D. Stamps Community Center.

Also, the first 8 minutes and 46 seconds of the march will be in silence, in memory of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for that amount of time.

Participants are urged to wear masks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Water will be available, and the restrooms at Jefferson Street Park will be open fo public use.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS:

  • 4 p.m. - begin gathering at C.D. Stamps
  • 4:30 p.m. - gathering prayer
  • 5 p.m. - another prayer and march begins (first 8:46 in silence)
  • Another prayer once the march reaches city hall/Tullahoma Police Department

Spectator parking is available along the route, including in the CSX lots in downtown Tullahoma.

Inspired by the peaceful protest held in Winchester last weekend, Tullahoma will see its own peaceful protest against police brutality take place this weekend.

According to organizers, Tullahoma’s own peaceful march and rally will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

According to police officials, the organizers put in an application to peacefully march this weekend and specifics were still forthcoming.

Organizer Gwen Carr said the event is not meant to be a denigration of the local police force, but rather an opportunity for the community to come together.

She and other organizers are hoping to work with the local law enforcement agencies and show that the community cares for one another.

“We want to work with the police,” she said. “That is the end goal.”

So far, those who have reached out to the police department have been local leaders who have expressed care and compassion for the community. They want to make sure their message is heard while remaining peaceful, according to officials.

Carr told The News the march will begin at C.D. Stamps Community Center, 810 S. Jackson St at 4 p.m. Marchers will trek up South Jackson Street at 5 p.m. to the city hall building at the corner of North Jackson and West Grundy streets. The route will then head back down the road to the community center.

Once the march reaches the community center, a rally with guest speakers will begin. There will also be a nine-minute silence for George Floyd, who was killed by a former Minneapolis Police Officer last month. The officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in a now viral video and image. Floyd’s death, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, Georgia, sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism over the last two weeks.

Carr reiterated that Saturday’s event is not meant to be critical of all law enforcement but rather an awareness campaign of police brutality at large and systemic racism in the country.

“Neighbors from across the community have come together to make this occur,” Carr said in a press release. “Come join us in peace and unity. Meet someone who doesn’t look like you and introduce yourself. Make friends.”

Overflow parking will be available at South Jackson Civic Center.

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