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Preservationist group focuses on Fort Negley

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For those trying to preserve the history of Nashville, an annual list called the Nashville Nine brought attention to the city’s most endangered properties.

But for the first time ever, the Nashville Nine is now the Nashville One.

This year, all of the attention is on Fort Negley, the more than 20 acres which include the old Greer Stadium site.

The Fort Negley site was used during the Civil War, with the original site being built by African Americans.

A proposal has been submitted to place a mixed-use development on the stadium site.

Members of the Cloud Hill development team have said they want to talk to the community about ways to best honor the African American history.

Some preservationists want it a parks-only site.

“It is important that we use this vehicle to get out and have people realize we can’t just tear down history all the time and expect it to be around,” said Brian Tibbs, former president of Historic Nashville.

“If we lose what could possibly be the single most important piece of African American Civil War site in the nation, then Nashville will be a far less place,” said author Robert Hicks.

An archaeological dig has been underway at Fort Negley this week to see what historical items can be uncovered.

The Cloud Hill team has said they support the dig and will not build where graves are found.

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