On Sunday, September 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host the Friends of Fort Negley, who will present a special and informative program concerning the future of the Fort Negley complex in Nashville.
Since the relocation of the Nashville Sounds from their Greer Stadium location, there has been much speculation about the future of the site. Because the baseball stadium literally adjoined the walls of Fort Negley, Civil War historians and green space advocates have lobbied for the property to be made part of the Fort Negley grounds, as it was during the Civil War. Not only was this structure a critical part of the extensive works protecting the city during its federal occupation, it was constructed in large part by impressed black labor. Many of these slaves and freedmen died during the fort’s construction and are interred nearby, perhaps even on the site itself.
There is now a massive proposed commercial development on this important ground that has great significance to Nashville’s Civil War and Reconstruction history. The Friends of Fort Negley will present their vision for the property and the fight by citizens to stop the suggested retail, housing and commercial complex at the Greer Stadium location.
The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and will meet this month only at the Hiram Masonic Lodge at 115 2nd Ave South, Franklin. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.org/the-round-table.