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7 things you may not know about Nashville

1.    Nashville is named after Francis Nash, who was one of the few Patriot generals killed during the American Revolution.
2.    The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, an all-black acapella group that toured the nation during the 1870s to raise money for the university, are credited with starting Nashville’s love affair with music.
3.    The Grand Ole Opry is country’s longest-running radio show. It began in 1925. Appearing on the WSM radio station (the call letters stood for sponsor National Life & Accident Company’s slogan, “We Shield Millions!”).
4.    Its well-known nickname was first uttered in 1950, when WSM announcer David Cobb proclaimed Nashville “Music City, USA.”
5.    Nashville has the world’s only full-scale replica of The Parthenon. It’s located in Centennial Park and houses the city’s art museum. There’s also a 42-foot-tall statue of Athena inside.
6.    There was a cinnamon bun made in Nashville that made global headlines for resembling Mother Teresa. Back in the ‘90s, Bongo Java baked a batch of its cinnamon rolls to discover that one of them looked quite a bit like Mother Teresa. It became known as the “The Nun Bun.” It was stolen on Christmas of 2005 and has never been recovered.
7.    Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in the state, the second largest antebellum home in the South. Belle Monte was built by 29-year-old Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen, thought to be the wealthiest woman in the South at the time, and her second husband, Joseph Alexander Smith Acklen.

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