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On August 27, 1956, twelve young people in Clinton, Tennessee walked into history and changed the world. They were the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the south. Clinton High School holds the honor of having the first African American person to graduate from a public high school in the South. It was a great victory for the Civil Rights Movement.  The events of that school year and the years that followed are celebrated at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center, which opened on August 26, 2006, the 5oth anniversary of their first walk to Clinton High School. Their courage is commemorated in a life size statue on the grounds of the museum.
We welcome your inquiries and your support. We invite you to walk with The Clinton 12 and change the world.

Video About the Green McAdoo Cultural Center and the Clinton 12

The Creation of the Statues

60 Minutes 1957

Trailer for the Clinton 12 Documentary

Walking Into History, Concert Band piece written by Richard Saucedo

The View from the Top of the Hill

The students met at Green McAdoo school each day and walked down the hill to Clinton High School, now Clinton Middle School.


Green McAdoo Cultural Center 101 School Street P.O. Box 1214
Clinton TN 37717-1214 865-463-6500