by John Lamb
Ten years ago, the July 5, 2001 issue of the Nashville Scene was emblazoned with the all-caps text, "NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, CITY OF IMMIGRANTS."
It was a fitting way to celebrate Independence Day, and it's interesting to take a look back at that issue. Pedro Garcia was just coming to town as Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools (the Scene joked that he picked Nashville because "with a name like Garcia, it’ll be especially easy to get a new Tennessee driver’s license"), and the late Tennessean columnist Tim Chavez was being admonished by Henry Walker for an appearance at a GOP function.
I've posted some excerpts and thoughts about the issue over at HispanicNashville.com
Happy Independence Day.
John Lamb is the editor of HispanicNashville.com