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Fort Negley

Aja Bain / courtesy Historic Nashville

Usually, the nonprofit called Historic Nashville selects nine sites around the city that it thinks are endangered and should be preserved.

This year, it selected one: Fort Negley.

George Barnard / Wikimedia Commons

Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2012 for the 150th anniversary of Fort Negley's origin.

Nashville’s Fort Negley was built for war, and construction began in 1862. Union officers considered the stone fortress a show of strength and military might. Instead, the fort’s enduring story belongs to the black laborers, both slave and free, who were forced to build it.

Homeless campsites Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Emotions ran high Wednesday morning as Metro continued to clear out a homeless camp between Fort Negley and the Adventure Science Center. A tractor tore out trees and bushes.

Nashville homeless tent camping
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The eviction deadline arrives Friday night for one of Nashville’s longest running homeless camps — which happens to be on city-owned parkland. The mayor’s office is deploying parks police, and service agencies, at the 11 p.m. park curfew.