3. Thumbs Out on Halloween
Among the treasures in the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville are President Andrew Johnson’s piano and a $240 check issued by the Republic of Texas to David “Davy” Crockett’s estate after his death at the Alamo. The museum also has what was is said to be the mummified thumb from the right hand of John A. Murrell, a notorious criminal who roamed Tennessee and along the Mississippi River in the early 1800s. Because doubts have surfaced over the years as to whether or not the thumb is actually Murrell’s, the museum keeps the digit in storage. But it resides in a specially made tiny casket that is taken out during the museum’s annual Halloween event, when ghost stories and local legends are told.