|Section of Freeman Thomas' Pension Application regarding his work on Fort Negley|
Recently, the City of Nashville has declared the land around Fort Negley to be "surplus" and is planning to redevelop it. While I understand the desire to provide green space, affordable housing and community resources for this neighborhood - and even support it - I cannot endorse it at the sake of a full and complete historical and archaeological review of the site. It is believed that many unmarked graves sit on the land as well as many other artifacts - all waiting to be uncovered. By contrast, the original "contraband" camp around Fort Monroe in Virginia is undergoing just such an archaeological review right now - see this article. For more information you can also read this article.
Here's a link to the letter that I wrote to Mayor Barry and the other Council Members and decision makers.
Please visit this website and consider contacting your local representatives to voice your concerns - Friends of Fort Negley