First Amendment Center Founded

December 15, 1991: First Amendment Center Founded

Date: December 15, 1991

The First Amendment Center is founded by former editor of The Tennessean, John Seigenthaler, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The center’s goal: To increase understanding about the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition and how they can be protected. The center has produced publications, opinion columns, thought leadership, events, concerts, moot court competitions and television programs. It is now known as the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University and remains a Freedom Forum presence in Nashville.

Pictured: Al Neuharth and John Seigenthaler mark the founding of the First Amendment Center in 1991.