SMYRNA — Anita Teague has been the director of the Sam Davis Home for five years. She recently sat down with The Daily News Journal to talk about the mission and the future of the historic home.
Q: Tell me a little bit about Sam Davis Home.
Teague: Sam Davis Home is a local nonprofit agency. The Sam Davis Memorial Association is the governing board for the Sam Davis Home for all the 168 acres, the buildings and grounds that we have here. We are very blessed to have that still in Smyrna, which is growing rapidly. The Sam Davis Memorial Association was founded in 1930 and so we’ve been around for quite a while and that is definitely evident on the seal for the town of Smyrna, as the Sam Davis Home is prominent in the seal and we’re very excited about that.The Sam Davis Home is here for several reasons. The story of Sam Davis is a very compelling story. He was a scout for the Confederate Army with Coleman’s Scouts. At the age of 21, he was captured right outside of Pulaski in Giles County and he very bravely gave his life. The famous phrase is “I would rather give my life than betray a friend or my country.” So he embodies characteristics that we still want our youth to embody today: integrity, honor, courage. So that is definitely a compelling story.