(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, House members passed a resolution sponsored by State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) that advances the process of bringing the late U.S. President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Polk home to Maury County.
Senate Joint Resolution 141 expresses support for the relocation of the Polks’ tomb from the grounds of the State Capitol to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Maury County.
Since the loss of Polk Place in 1901 and the opening of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia in 1929, Polk’s legacy has been found in Maury County. Therefore, this location most closely fits his request as the only remaining home Polk lived in except for the White House. Since 1929, the President James K. Polk Home and Museum has been the main historic site for the 11th President and houses the largest collection of Polk artifacts.
“President Polk was a remarkable Tennessean and one of our greatest public servants,” said Representative Curcio. “I am pleased that my colleagues and I are honoring his memory with an initiative that most closely aligns with his requests, and I look forward to seeing his family’s journey finally come to an end at home in Maury County.”
Members of the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Capitol Commission will now need to approve of the relocation of the Polk family’s remains. Additionally, the Chancery Court of Davidson County must also determine whether they can be moved.
For more information about Senate Joint Resolution 141, please click here.
Michael Curcio serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Curcio lives in Dickson and Represents House District 69, which includes Hickman County, as well as parts of Dickson and Maury Counties. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-3513.