Fort Negley Park nominated for UNESCO Slave Route Project Site
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. The UNESCO Slave Route Project started in 1994 pursues the following objectives:
Contribute to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world (Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Asia)
Highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history
Contribute to a culture of peace
Contribute to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural
dialogue and the construction of new identities and citizenships
Drafting the First US Nomination to the UNESCO Slave Route Project: Nashville’s Fort Negley
"Fort Negley’s history makes it vital not just to the history of the US, but to the history of global enslavement. It is a place where the descendants of the African diaspora experienced varying degrees of enslavement and freedom. The UNESCO Slave Route Project seeks to reflect better understandings of the causes and consequences of slavery in the world while presenting the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history."
Nashville's Fort Negley nominated as globally recognized site for slave history
Fort Negley, a Civil War-era fort in Nashville that is getting renewed attention amid the debate over a proposed development nearby called Cloud Hill, is now nominated to join a worldwide registry of historically significant sites for slavery.