(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) will donate a portrait of John Rhea to the Rhea County Historical Society tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Rhea County Courthouse in the Museum downstairs. Randy Boyd, Interim President of the University of Tennessee, will also be in attendance. 

John Rhea, a pioneer, statesman, and early advocate of higher education in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, is the namesake for Rhea County.  Rhea played key roles in the formation of Tennessee’s state government and Blount College, the parent institution of the University of Tennessee.  The original oil painting of Rhea was created by an unknown artist in 1820 and now hangs in Senator Yager’s legislative office in Nashville. Before entering the care of the Tennessee State Museum, the portrait remained in the Rhea family for many generations. Senator Yager commissioned a replica of this portrait to be made for the Rhea County Historical Society to honor and remember an influential leader in Tennessee history.

Who: State Senator Ken Yager, University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd

What: Presentation of John Rhea Portrait

When: Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Rhea County Courthouse in the Museum downstairs – 1475 Market Street

Dayton, Tennessee

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