Friends of Fort Negley

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Nashville Scene

July 27, 2017

"The Greer Stadium site is in Fort Negley Park. It doesn’t have to be 'considered' for park space. It IS park space."

The Tennessean

July 26, 2017

"The at-large members say they are especially concerned about tarnishing the historical value of the property. The site was home to an African-American encampment during the Civil War. The federal military base Fort Negley was built adjacent to the land, and that site has already been preserved."

Nashville Scene

July 25, 2017

It is not Metro Parks’ role to act as impartial judges on matters of parkland. They’re supposed to be partial. They’re supposed to protect the goddamn parks.

Nashville Scene

July 21, 2017

"You can see why pro-development folks have been rhetorically splitting up the park into 'Fort Negley' and 'Greer.' If you believe Greer isn’t a part of the park, then, obviously, any part of Greer that becomes parkland seems like a real bonus. But once you know that the Greer land is already part of Fort Negley Park, then there’s no getting around the fact that 58 is less than 60. We will have less park than we originally had."

The Tennessean

July 17, 2017

"Page said now is a 'moment of redemption' to make amends for Nashville's decision in 1978 to build a minor league baseball stadium next to a historic fort and the graves of slaves who built it."

Nashville Scene

July 17, 2017

"We’re talking about converting parkland into a neighborhood. Once that precedent is set, what’s to stop it from happening in other parks?"

Mark Fraley Podcast

July 13, 2017

Interview with Zada Law, Director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, on Nashville Civil War Heritage and Fort Negley

Our Op-Ed in The Tennessean

July 10, 2017

"Let’s defend the legacy of African Americans who struggled here for freedom.  Let’s make it a park for all of Nashville to enjoy, filled with historical reverence and the joy of community. Let’s save Fort Negley Park."

Nashville Scene

July 10, 2017

"We know the state legislature is chock-full of men and women devoted to protecting our Civil War heritage, especially if that heritage comes on horseback, has a head of fantastic wavy hair, and swoon-worthy piercing eyes like Nathan Bedford Forrest. But when I asked around about which state legislators had come to Community Day at Fort Negley or had expressed any concern about the park, the only one people could remember hearing from was Brenda Gilmore."

Tennesee Star

July 8, 2017

“They shouldn’t even be considering this,” Nashville native Doug Jones told The Tennessee Star Friday. “That is sacred ground out there.”

Nashville Scene

July 7, 2017

"And then in 50 years, when our grandchildren ask us how this could have happened, we’ll all shrug and claim we didn’t know any better. That’s just how things were back then. We do know better, though, Nashville. We do."

The Tennessean

July 6, 2017

"It's one thing to sell our heritage to development, its another to get nothing in return for it," Cooper said..."I am for the parks keeping (Greer) as green space," Cooper said. "My point is if they're going to sell it, which they are, they should begin to get its actual value as opposed to making it, in effect a gift."

The Tennessee Tribune

June 15, 2017

"'It would be like building housing in the middle of Central Park or in the middle of Hadley Park and I think that is unacceptable. It’s pretense to lease or sell the peoples’ land to a private group of people who can really do what they wish to do with it,' said Lovett."

Huffington Post

June 14, 2017

"It’s the pinnacle of bad decision-making to set the stage for encroaching concrete to do what forested overgrowth once did in diminishing Fort Negley. In a metropolitan area trying to meet demands for green space, herein lies an opportunity to do both and secure for future generations one of the most important African-American historical sites in Civil War history."

Nashville Scene

May 18, 2017

"In a perfect world, the Union soldiers are all gone. But is there a plan in place for what to do when/if developers find body parts? Do archaeologists and historians get some chance to save what they can of whatever’s there?"

The Tennessean

May 15, 2017

"How is it that we're in this secret process in the first place?" Cooper said in an interview with The Tennessean. "This property is a heritage jewel for Nashville. ... And how it is 'up' for a development award is a deep question."

Nashville Public Radio

May 15, 2017

"This former Greer Stadium property is adjacent to two major institutions: the Adventure Science Center and a hilltop Civil War site, Fort Negley. The development’s proximity to the old Union stonework draws some concern."