Proposed new social studies curriculum could remove Tennessee history

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Major milestones state history — and civil rights movements — could be booted from the textbooks if lesson planners get their way.

Memphis is home to several museums that feature some of that history.

WREG stopped by the National Civil Rights Museum to talk to the president about the possibility of some of the information being removed.

"For young people to be well-rounded, they need to understand history; it is really important. And by removing history from a curriculum, it doesn't make the history go away. It's still there, but people are not aware of it," museum president Terri Freeman said.

Other changes to the lesson plans would include the Cherokee origins of the state's name, why Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State and more.

A state historian is fighting against the proposal, urging members to abandon the changes he said constitute a full-scale change in what students will learn about the history of their communities and the state.