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Constructed in 1913, the historic Hotel Halbrook in Downtown Dickson, Tennessee opened its doors to the public in April 1914. The Halbrook operated as a "railroad hotel" before going out of business in 1954.
On June 02, 1920, Frank G. Clement, the 41st Governor of Tennessee, was born at this site. During his 10 years in office, Clement became a proponent for the modernization of Tennessee. He is regarded by many to be one of the state's greatest governors. Under his leadership the state saw extensive reforms in education, infrastructure, the state prison system, and the end of Jim Crow Segregation. Clement made history by creating the state's first Department of Mental Health, creating the South's first community college, and in 1956 became the first southern governor in U.S. history to veto a segregation bill as well as integrate the first southern high school.
Today, the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum offers 11 permanent exhibits focusing on the history of Dickson County, Tennessee, the American Civil War, the railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, and the life and legacy of Governor Frank G. Clement.
The Museum demonstrates some of the momentous changes of the 19th & 20th centuries, providing insight into how the past connects with our present.
This bio of Governor Frank G. Clement was created in 2020 in honor of what would have been the Governor's 100th Birthday.