Highlander Center

Region: Downtown
1625 Riverside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915



Near the beginning of the Riverside Drive section of the tour is the 1961-1972 site of the nationally influential Highlander Center. Founded in Monteagle, Tenn., the Center had become known for working closely with Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks to promote civil-rights activism. During its time in a large house (now gone) on Riverside Drive, Highlander hosted workshops involving prominent civil-rights leaders including Julian Bond and Stokely Carmichael. A magnet for controversy, it was at least once firebombed, and picketed by the Ku Klux Klan. When its neighborhood was targeted by Urban Renewal, Highlander moved to the New Market area.

This site no longer exists. Enjoy the nearby governor Ned McWherter Riverside Landing Park. This park has playground, picnic tables, fishing dock and boat ramp.