The Court of 3 Stars, at the northern end of the mall. The court is made of red, white and blue granite, which represent the three grand divisions of the state – East, Middle and West Tennessee. Surrounding the court is a 95-bell carillon representing Tennessee's musical heritage and the state’s 95 counties. A 96th bell, known as the answer bell, is located on the grounds of the State Capitol and rings in answer to the 95 bells, symbolizing government answering to the people.
The Bicentennial Mall stretches 19 acres, connecting the Tennessee Capitol Building and the Germantown Historic District. The pedestrian mall opened in 1996, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the state of Tennessee.
Fashioned after the National Mall in Washington, DC, the park celebrates the state's history, recreational attractions, and natural wonder. The Bicentennial Mall offers a number of attractions, including a 1,400-foot Wall of History etched with historic events from the state's first two centuries, 31 fountains that each represent one of the state's rivers, and a 200-foot granite state map.
The mall also preserves the only remaining view of the Capitol -- from the north side -- as a building boom in the late 1950s and early 1960s blocked the sight of the building from the east, west, and south sides of the city.
The project was awarded TE funds (under Category 1) in 1994 for construction of the Bicentennial Mall. Federal Award: $23,250,000; Local Match: $5,812,000; Total: $29,062,000
To learn more about the Bicentennial Mall visit http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/Bicentennial/index.shtml