Johnson University has served East Tennessee for over 100 years. In January 2017, the university enlisted Hickory to complete the revitalization of its Memorial Garden. Improvements include additional walkways, stairways, site lighting, a patio, a new area for future presidents, and a columbarium. The school’s historic “Prayer Oak” has been made more accessible and visible, as well.
In its nearly 125-year history, the university has had only six presidents, and of the six, four are buried in the Memorial Garden, which is located across from the Old Main Building. The Garden not only adds a beautiful element to the campus, but it’s a wonderful way for students to remember the presidents who served and gave their time to the college.