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More Than Rivals: A Conversation with Bill Ligon & Eddie Sherlin; Special Guest: Ken Abraham: March 16 Event

More Than Rivals Event [Video File]

Event Description

Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were two boys living on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin in the 1960s. They shared a passion for basketball. Despite the barriers they knew divided them, including the separation of their schools and the colors of their skin, Eddie and Bill found friendship on the basketball court. By 1970, the process of desegregation was in full swing and had everyone on edge. All-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High would become one. First, the two schools would face one another in the basketball championship game. This game suddenly held a deeper meaning for the people of Gallatin.

Mr. Ligon and Mr. Sherlin will discuss this important part of our local history and their book, “More than Rivals,” in this special event.” Joining them will be the New York Times best-selling author of the book, Ken Abraham.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

The event is free and open to everyone.

Book Availability


Vol State Thigpen Library

Vol State Student Life

Vol State Athletics

Phi Theta Kappa (Vol State)

AXIS (Vol State)

Gallatin Public Library

Portland Public Library

Sumner County Schools

Event Details

March 16, 2017
Caudill Hall - Wemyss Auditorium
Volunteer State Community College [Map]