On the date in 1897, the Seventh Annual Reunion of United Confederate Veterans was held at the Union Gospel Tabernacle (later renamed the Ryman Auditorium.) It is said that this meeting doubled the entire population of Nashville during the weekend in which it was held. Tom Ryman took the lead in encouraging the town’s citizens to join together, and construct a gallery in the auditorium that was large enough fro those attending the veterans convention, to gather for speeches and memorials. The finished gallery increased the overall venue capacity to approximately 6,000. The Ryman currently seats 2,362.
The addition of the Gallery, which had been in the original plans during construction, saw the final completion of Ryman’s vision.
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