August 27, 1956, twelve
young people in Clinton,
Tennessee walked into history and
changed the world.
They were the
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
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 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
School Street P.O.
Clinton TN 37717-1214 865-463-6500