Tennessee State University Recovers From a Devastating Tornado

On March 4, two devastating tornados struck the Nashville, Tennessee, area. More than two dozen people were killed including five children. One of the two tornados touched down on the campus of historically Black Tennessee State University.

Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University told a local television station that “there were lots of sirens. They said seek shelter now, so that’s what I did. I just grabbed the comforter off the bed and got in the bathtub with a pillow and my keys and a cell phone.”

Luckily students were on spring break during the storms. But the university’s agricultural farm was heavily damaged. Five structures were destroyed. Several animals at the farm lost their lives. The farm is known for its research on goats.

Other parts of the campus received damage to signs and building rooftops, as well as downed power lines, uprooted trees, and other debris.

Tennesee Governor Bill Lee came to campus to assess the damage. Students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community helped university workers clear debris.

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