President Trump to lay wreath at Andrew Jackson's tomb

March 13, 2017: President Trump's visit to Nashville falls on former President Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday. Trump will lay a memorial wreath on Jackson's tomb.

NASHVILLE - President Donald Trump will lay a wreath at the tomb of former President Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.

Spicer's comments came on the same day The Hermitage announced it will be closed to the public Wednesday. Trump is scheduled to host a rally at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

The historic home of former President Andrew Jackson, is celebrating the 250th birthday of the nation's seventh president, whose populist politics have resonated with Trump.

Upon moving into the White House last month, the new president hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office.

During his Nashville visit, Trump is expected to tour Jackson's home, but The Hermitage spokesman Jason Nelson said Monday he could not confirm or deny the scheduling. The Hermitage did state on a voice mail that the unexpected closure is for a special event.

Jackson was born March 15, 1767, and The Hermitage had a full day of events previously scheduled for the date. The Hermitage was expecting 3,000-4,000 visitors Wednesday, said Nelson, though weather could vary the amount.

Half-price admission was scheduled Wednesday for Jackson's birthday, according to marketing material previously issued.

More activities and events are set for March 16-18, which are still scheduled as planned, Nelson said.

A Knox County judge plans to take part in those activities, honoring his ancestor and namesake.

Judge Andrew Jackson is the great-great-great- grandson of the former president. He was originally scheduled to be at the Hermitage on Wednesday to sign books and talk about his famous lineage.

it's one he's proud of, even though Jackson is seen now as a controversial president because he was a slaveholder and signed the order that removed the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears.

"We're proud of Andrew Jackson. We're not proud of everything he did, but overall, we think he provided a much greater service the country than a disservice," said Judge Jackson.

Judge Jackson says he likes taking any opportunity he can to promote his great-great-great-grandfather's legacy.

He will still be participating in events at the Heritage Center Tuesday night and on Thursday.
 

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