From an email announcement: "The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #87, Knoxville, has scheduled the Annual Lee Jackson Dinner (...). This will be the 25th Annual Celebration, with the presentation of state flags from the Confederate States, and proclamations from Governor Bill Haslam, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Numerous Confederate and Union organizations will be attendance, along with state and local officials."

According to the local chapter's website, Mayor Burchett issued a proclamation for last year's Lee Jackson Dinner. Burchett did not attend, but Knox County Commissioners Carson Dailey, Bob Thomas and Hugh Nystrom attended and Bob Thomas read Burchett's proclamation declaring it General Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Day in Knox County.

We asked Mayor Burchett's office what this year's proclamation says and whether he planned to attend.

UPDATE: Mayor Burchett's office: "Mayor Burchett will not be able to attend the event due to a conflict (Faithful Men’s Banquet at Temple Baptist Church) on his schedule." Here is the proclamation...

(Anonymous)'s picture

The sins of the fathers

Shall be visited ten-fold upon the sons.

cwg's picture

Per Haslam spox

"The governor has not issued a proclamation for a Lee-Jackson dinner. The only proclamation about Lee that has been issued by the governor is the one for Robert E. Lee Day on January 19. And we have never issued any proclamations for or associated with Stonewall Jackson."

Fwiw, Haslam (and/or any/all governors) have to issue proclamation for Lee bday bc it's state law. His proclamation for 2018 is here:


bizgrrl's picture

State law since ?? 1932

State law since ?? 1932 ??

15-2-101. Additional special observance days.

Each year it is the duty of the governor of this state to proclaim the following as days of special observance; January 19, “Robert E. Lee Day”; February 12, “Abraham Lincoln Day”; March 15, “Andrew Jackson Day”; June 3, “Memorial or Confederate Decoration Day”; July 13, “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day”; and November 11, “Veterans' Day”; the governor shall invite the people of this state to observe the days in schools, churches, and other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies expressive of the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of such dates.
[Acts 1931, ch. 2, § 1; C. Supp. 1950, § 7520.1; Acts 1953, ch. 91, § 1; impl. am. Act of Congress, June 1, 1954, ch. 250; Acts 1969, ch. 166, § 3; 1973, ch. 23, § 2; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 55-204.]

Ya gotta love the state codes,

§ 15-1-101. Legal holidays.
Universal Citation: TN Code § 15-1-101 (2016)
January 1; the third Monday in January, "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day"; the third Monday in February, known as "Washington Day"; the last Monday in May, known as "Memorial" or "Decoration Day"; July 4; the first Monday in September, known as "Labor Day"; the second Monday in October, known as "Columbus Day"; November 11, known as "Veterans' Day"; the fourth Thursday in November, known as "Thanksgiving Day"; December 25; and Good Friday;

and when any one (1) of these days falls on Sunday, then the following Monday shall be substituted;

and when any of these days falls on Saturday, then the preceding Friday shall be substituted;

also, all days appointed by the governor or by the president of the United States as days of fasting or thanksgiving,

and all days set apart by law for holding county, state, or national elections, throughout this state,

are made legal holidays,

and the period from twelve o'clock (12:00) noon to twelve o'clock (12:00) midnight of each Saturday which is not a holiday is made a half-holiday, on which holidays and half-holidays all public offices of this state may be closed and business of every character, at the option of the parties in interest of the same, may be suspended.

Might be time to take Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest off the list for proclamations.

Does Knox County law/code say the county mayor must also proclaim?

Forrest Lee Erickson's picture

April 9th should be an Annual Celebration of the CSA Surrender.

The residence of Knoxville need to petition for an annual celebration of surrender of the CSA at Appomattox.

R. Neal's picture

Va. cities and counties

Kent Johnson 's picture

Was Haslam’s do Lee Day Decree altered for SCV?

There appear to be two versions of the governor’s legally mandated proclamation of Robert E Lee’s Birthday for 2017.

The one on file at the website of the TN Secretary of State is restrained in its praise of Lee. It was sealed by the SoS on Dec 9, 2016.

The version that the SCV read to its members offers typical Neo- Confederate glorification of “General” Lee, including an elegy from Woodrow Wilson, who contributed to the white supremacist epic, “The Birth of a Nation” and re-segregated the Federal Government.
It was sealed by the SoS on Jan 4, 2017.

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