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Choose History. Choose Parks. Not Condos.
Mayor Megan Barry's administration intends to award a for-profit developer the right to build condos and office space on Nashville's Fort Negley Park. This development would permanently destroy 21 acres of parkland in Nashville's urban core, where greenspace is dwindling because of boom-time development.
Mayor Barry's administration's development plan raises four serious problems.
If we destroy Fort Negley Park to build condos and offices, then no parkland in Nashville is safe. Downtown is already starved for greenspace.
Fort Negley is a nationally recognized Civil War Heritage site.
In 1862, hundreds of African Americans, former slaves and freedmen, worked and died here building the Union fort, the largest inland masonry fort constructed during the War. Historians believe many unmarked graves remain.
Mayor Barry's administration chose the for-profit developer through a closed-door process.
They never considered leaving Fort Negley Park a park.
Metro Council has already allocated funding for a Fort Negley Park Cultural Survey to locate the unmarked African American graves and explore the Park's historical significance.
This survey should not be rushed in Nashville's race to convert this Park to condos.
My memories of Fort Negley begin in high school: I distinctly remember stroking the back of a giant (caged!) pigeon on the roof of the Cumberland Science Museum while staring at the brambly ruins of what I would later know was the Fort. And St. Cloud Hill, with its amazing panoramic views of Nashville, served as a prime firework-watching location throughout high school and college. But I didn’t know Fort Negley intimately until December 2004, when my partner and I bought our home, just one week after Fort Negley Park reopened to the public.
"In short, Fort Negley Park is important because it is one of the foundations upon which the culture of modern-day Nashville sits. We as Nashville citizens should not value commercial development over the preservation of our culturally precious sites. And there is none more precious to Nashville’s African American history than Fort Negley Park."
The Friends of Fort Negley Park, in partnership with the Nashville chapter of the NAACP and Dr. Jane Landers and Dr. Angela Sutton of Vanderbilt University, are pleased to announce that Fort Negley Park has been nominated as a site for UNESCO’s Slave Route Project. Fort Negley Park is the first site in the United States to be nominated for such designation and would join other globally significant sites such as, Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro and Santo Domingo Square in Mexico City.
Fort Negley was a Union Civil War fort, part of a series of fortifications that sat on the hills that ringed Nashville like a wooden and stone necklace. It was built in the last five months of 1862 by 2,771 African American laborers, many of whom — some estimate up to 800 — died while working on Nashville’s fortifications.
In 1978, the city of Nashville leased 18 acres of a Civil War monument to a local businessman who wanted to start a new baseball franchise — the Nashville Sounds, then a Double A expansion team for the Southern League — and needed a place for his team to play. It was a ludicrous arrangement from the start: a privately owned ball field built on public land.
Three months after filing a lawsuit against Metro government alleging mishandling of plans to redevelop the Greer Stadium site, plaintiffs on Monday withdrew their lawsuit.
Nashville Councilman Steve Glover, of Hermitage, called a news conference with attorney Jim Roberts to announce the decision, telling reporters that the group accomplished what it had set out to do: hold the city accountable to following its own rules when receiving bids on development projects.