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Today in Johnson City History: September 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 15, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Sept. 15, 1887: A special train of 11 cars — containing about 500 “Mormon converts” direct from Europe — had passed through Johnson City that week. The party was bound for Utah, and its members were mostly Scandinavians. They had a through train from Roanoke, Virginia, to Kansas City, Missouri

Sept. 15, 1948: The Tennessee Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee elected Robert L. “Little Bob” Taylor as chairman. A son of former Gov. Robert Love Taylor, Little Bob was a prominent Johnson City lawyer and later senior U.S. district judge who presided over several landmark cases, including the 1956 Clinton High School desegregation case.

Sept. 15, 1985: The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Antonia Joy Wilson, released plans to hold a free pops-style concert later than month at the VA.

Sept. 15, 1991: ZZ Top performed for more than 8,000 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Milligan College; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall

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