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10 most endangered historic places in Tennessee

Clayborn Temple (Source: WMC Action News 5) Clayborn Temple (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Mid-South Coliseum (Source: WMC Action News 5) Mid-South Coliseum (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Aretha Franklin's birthplace home. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Aretha Franklin's birthplace home. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Polk Building (Source: Charles Schrimsher) Polk Building (Source: Charles Schrimsher)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The Mid-South has four of the 10 most endangered historic places in Tennessee.

Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) released the 2016 'Ten in Tenn.' list. The list is designed to help preservation efforts and raise awareness about historic locations in the state.

Aretha Franklin's birthplace home, Mid-South Coliseum, Clayborn Temple, and the Polk Building are all listed on this year's list. The first three are all located in Memphis; Polk Building is located in Bolivar, Tennessee.

The other locations on the list are as follows: 

  • Natchez Trace rural landscape
  • Cleveland Masonic Female Institute
  • Miller Farmstead
  • Fleming Houston House
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • Stonecipher Kelly House

TPT chairman Michael Birdwell said the group has released the Ten in Tenn list for the past decade.

"It's a call to arms. Let's save our past; let's preserve it," Birdwell said.

If you're interested in helping preserve any of the locations on this year's list, you should get in contact with the Tennessee Preservation Trust, the Tennessee Historical Commission, and your local development group.

He said the list has helped save some properties, but getting on the list does not necessarily mean the property will be saved. Model Mill in Johnson City was on the list in 2014. Unfortunately, it caught fire in 2015, setting back plans to preserve the location.

Still there are plenty of success stories with the Ten in Tenn list. For example, The Cordell Hull Building was part of the 'Ten in Tenn.' list in 2013. In 2015, the Tennessee legislature decided to utilize the building instead of demolishing it. The legislature is set to move into the building sometime in 2017.

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