John Seigenthaler was memorialized today at Nashville’s Cathedral of the Incarnation as a man devoted to America’s founding tenets.
The former editor and publisher of the Tennesseean was remembered for his work as a journalist and Civil Rights advocate. Father Charles Strobel said that work could be summed up as an effort to live out the idea that all people are created equal.
Jack Seigenthaler spoke about treasuring his grandfather’s written messages.
One of my favorite notes is an inscription on a pocket version of the US Constitution he gave me. It reads: ‘To Jack, this is my Bible. Love, Grand.’
Roughly a thousand mourners attended Seigenthaler’s funeral mass. It was held in the same catholic church where he was baptized and married. But it ended with a choir made up of singers from four of Nashville’s black Baptist churches, leading a chorus of “I’ll Fly Away.”