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Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey

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Reviewed Date: July 21, 2021

Original Author: 
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Date of Material: 
Sep 30, 2009

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Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey

Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.


MTAS Library
September 2009

An MTAS survey to collect policies from other cities regarding the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. 



Kirk Bednar
Assistant City Manager

We don’t do this except for former city commissioners.

Melissa Wright
City Recorder

We do not have a policy. We do have pictures of past Mayors and City Council Members in our City Manager’s admin. offices, but not on our Council Chamber or other meeting rooms. It may be something we should consider, but it has not occurred to us yet.

Sylvia Skinner, CMC
Clarksville City Clerk
One Public Square, 4th Floor
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: (931)648-6121
Fax: (931)221-0122

Clarksville does not have a policy regulating memorials in the Council Chambers.

Cindy Mitchell
City Recorder

The City Council of Knoxville meets in a building/meeting room shared by City Government, County Government, The Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Court System, School Board, etc. It is run and operated by the Public Building Authority. There are currently no photos of individuals hung in the Council Chambers and there are no policies in place to hang photos in the future. The city does however have a gallery in the 5th Floor Atrium of the City-County Building that houses portraits of all former Mayors of the City of Knoxville.
We also have a Public Property Naming Committee that names/renames streets and other public properties.


Johnson City
Missy Hollifield

Policy provided



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