UNION CITY, TN – July 1, 2019 – Discovery Park of America has announced a $30,000 gift from Jimmy Rickman of Murray, Kentucky to support improvements to the museum’s War Remembrances Theater.
The theater, located in the military gallery, features a video presentation of local residents sharing first-hand, wartime stories about their military service. Included are local veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“Discovery Park of America provides an incredible opportunity to make certain the stories of our local veterans are shared with future generations,” said Rickman. “As a veteran myself, I think this is such an important part of the work they do that I wanted to make a contribution to [make] certain that area of the museum is everything it can be.”
Rickman was born the second youngest of seven children on March 12, 1926 in Murray, Kentucky to Ed and Lucy Johnson Rickman. He was 12 years old when he began helping his father and brothers in their house-moving business by emptying wheelbarrows of dirt. Attending Murray Training School until the eighth grade, he later worked at a local grocery store. After being drafted into the U.S. Navy, Rickman was able to put his experience of truck driving, farming and carpentry to good use. Rickman served two years in the Navy and headed back home to Murray where he continued working in construction.
Rickman’s gift will be used to upgrade the seating, technology and audio-visual equipment in the War Memorial Theater and add more stories for Discovery Park of America’s guests to view.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults and to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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