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April Update

Apr. 1, 2020—While we have been working remotely during the Covid-19 crisis, the FNDP wanted to provide you with a quick update. Now that all of our videos are available on the FNDP YouTube channel, we have turned our attention towards developing an online archive containing not only the videos, but the photographs and historical artifacts that...

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January 2020

Jan. 21, 2020—Happy New Year! The FNDP is excited to kick off 2020 by sharing our most recent interviews! There are four new videos, featuring descendants and supporters of Fort Negley. Follow this link to access our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFb2W84osCaFrvPbm1ydKBw. We want to extend a huge thank you to Lesa Dowdy of LeeDowdy Visuals for her work editing the videos. We...

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December Update

Dec. 15, 2019—This month we had the pleasure of sharing our most recent interviews with our descendants and supporters of the project. The event, held at the Fort Negley Visitors Center, was an opportunity for us to gather together and celebrate the Fort’s legacy. Our first video featured Taneya Koonce, the President of the Nashville chapter of...

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November Update

Nov. 26, 2019—The FNDP has been busy this month! In addition to work on our new descendant videos, we have had the opportunity to participate in some special events at the Fort. On Saturday November 2nd, the FNDP participated in a flag planting, during which descendant Gary Burke and other volunteers planted 2,771 representative flags in memory of...

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September 2019

Oct. 17, 2019—The FNDP has been hard at work this past month editing a new batch of videos. We have two new descendant videos in progress and an exciting tutorial with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Thanks to our Mellon Foundation grant funds we were able to hire Nashville filmmaker Lesa Dowdy to edit the footage....

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Summer Update

Aug. 22, 2019—The Fort Negley Descendants Project has had an exciting summer! In June, Co-Director Angela Sutton spoke on behalf of the FNDP at two Juneteenth celebrations in Nashville. For those who are unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery on June 19th, 1865. On June 18th, Angela was part of We Remember...

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May Updates: UNESCO, Interviews, and Nashville Scene Profile

May. 22, 2019—May has been a wonderful month for FNDP and Fort Negley. On May 2, the Nashville Scene published a profile on the Descendants Project, featuring Angela, Juliet, Destiny, and Gary Burke.                 On May 4, Juliet, Angela, and Destiny interviewed four descendants of James Harding Sr., builder at Fort...

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April Updates

Apr. 22, 2019—April was a busy month for us. On April 11, Angela and Juliet interviewed Mr. Bill Radcliffe, longtime (maybe longest!) advocate for Fort Negley and its connections to Black history, surrounded by Shayne Davidson’s Seventeen Men portraits (see below). Originally from Detroit and a member of the 54th Massachusetts USCT Reenactors Group (of Glory fame), Radcliffe...

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FNDP and AAHGS, March 2019

Mar. 7, 2019—This past week, we’ve had two collaborations with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), Nashville Chapter. Both were a blast! First, last Saturday we presented the FNDP at AAHGS monthly meeting which was held at Fort Negley Visitor’s Center auditorium. It was in that very room last April when we first met Taneya Koonce...

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Walking Tour, February Updates

Feb. 24, 2019—This semester, we’ve been working with wonderful new collaborators. Currently, we are testing a Fort Negley historic walking tour in partnership with Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel and Nashville Sites, a Metro Historical Commission Foundation (MHCF)-funded historic walking tour nonprofit. Our tour centers on the African American history of Fort Negley and features excerpts from our...

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Fall 2018 Updates

Nov. 5, 2018—This semester, we said goodbye to Emma Furman, Kelsey Norris, and Kristina Lee who have left Vanderbilt for new adventures. In September, Oxford American published Kelsey’s brilliant essay on the Fort Negley Descendants Project. Click Here to read it. We have also been fortunate enough to receive a Catalyst Creativity Grant from the Curb Center at Vanderbilt,...

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