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Nashville City Cemetery Association

  • Nashville, TN
  • http://www.thenashvillecitycemetery.org

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Mission Statement

The Nashville City Cemetery Association, Inc. is a membership organization that works to protect, preserve, restore and raise public awareness of the Nashville City Cemetery in collaboration with the Historical Commission of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.

Main Programs

  1. Living History Tour
  2. Memorial Day Dash
  3. Specialized Cemetery Tours
  4. Group Events
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville City Cemetery is located at 1001 Fourth Avenue South* at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street.

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DAVIDSON Cemetery Preservation Historical

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EIN

78-0067607

 Number

7977276411

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Single Organization Support (S11)

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Nashville City Cemetery Association has assumed a greater role in the day-to-day repair and restoration of the Nashville City Cemetery in conjunction with the Metropolitan Historical Commission and Metro Parks.  In the last year, the Association has paid to restore vandalized tombstones, to plant trees, recreate cedar grave markers, and to provide upkeep and maintenance in addition to that provided by Metro Parks.  (In 2010 the $3.5 appropriation made by the Metropolitan Council to repair and restore the City Cemetery was exhausted, and the Cemetery is now restored as best could be done to its nineteenth century appearance.)
 
The Association's educational programs were extremely successful in the last year:
-   Mayor's Day, focusing on the 15 Nashville mayors buried in City Cemetery, attracted 250 attendees in April, 2011.  A cedar marker was dedicated for Mayor Thomas Coleman, whose marker had long since deteriorated.  Volunteers were at each gravesite with a brief biography of their mayor.
-   In April, 2011 the Nashville Tree Foundation's High Tree Party was held at City Cemetery.  Five of the 43 "big old trees" honored by the Foundation are in City Cemetery -- a black walnut, a bur oak, a hackberry, a magnolia, and a sassafras. 
-   In May, 2011 the Nashville City Cemetery Association and the Nashville Striders co-sponsored the 14th annual Memorial Day Dash 5K run/walk. All proceeds of this most successful event benefitted the continuing restoration and preservation of the City Cemetery.
-   Throughout the year 2011, the Association organized specialized tours of the Cemetery.  In May, 2011 the Davidson County Master Gardeners (who have made the Cemetery their project) led a tour that focused on Civil War era gardens. 
-   In conjunction with the Tennessee State Library and Archives we conducted three Civil War related tours (in addition to the Master Gardeners tour) including: “What Were They Thinking” in July, an African American tour in September, “Yes, There is a Yankee Buried Here” and “The Lost Battle of Nashville” in December. 
-   In November, 2011 the popular and successful annual Living History tour was held. Local actors in period costumes portrayed some of the city’s most influential early citizens now buried on the site including Mary Middleton Rutledge Fogg, Dr. Jack Macon, George Washington Campbell, Ephraim Hubbard Foster, Powhatan W. Maxey and Moses Wetmore. The tour also featured stories of children buried in the cemetery as well as period music.
-   We sell copies of a revised history book written in 2010,
-   The Association publishes a semi-annual newsletter which includes articles on the Cemetery's history and describes past and upcoming events.
 
We will continue these activities in the year to come. 
-   In conjunction with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Department of Transportation we hope to place the Cemetery on Tennessee Civil War Trails.
-   In conjunction with the Nashville Tree Foundation and Metro Parks we hope to have the Cemetery designated as an arboretum.
-   In the Spring of 2012 we will sponsor a Descendants Day for persons whose ancestors are buried in City Cemetery.
-   Volunteers are working monthly to maintain the Cemetery, removing trash, brush, dead limbs, etc.  This is in addition to the regular mowing and trimming done by Metro Parks.
-    We will continue to spend money for repair and upkeep of the Cemetery.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Living History Tour

The goal of The Living History Tour, offered each fall at the City Cemetery is increasing community awareness about the cemetery, its history and its preservation needs. The Living History Tour captures the spirit of Nashville - its where stories come alive. "Residents" return to life and offer their insights into local history. Proceeds fund preservation needs.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 2

Memorial Day Dash

The annual Memorial Day Dash is eagerly anticipated by runners and walkers alike. Bursting forth in the early morning hours on Memorial Day participants start at Greer Stadium, continue up to Fort Negley, around the Adventure Science Center and end at the City Cemetery receiving their commemorative t-shirt and unique awards created by Hunt Memorial. Proceeds from the event funds ongoing preservation needs.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 3

Specialized Cemetery Tours

The Association sponsors 2-5 specialized tours during each calendar tour.  These relate the Cemetery or persons buried in the Cemetery to particular subject matters such as gardening and ornamental plantings, cemetery architecture and tombstone symbolism, various aspects of the Civil War, and African American history.  These tours are led by well-informed amateurs or, in some cases, professional historians.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 4

Group Events

The Association conducts events for specific interest groups.  In this category fall such things as Descendants Day for persons whose ancestors are buried in the Cemetery, programs in conjunction with the Nashville Tree Foundation, and Mayors' Day honoring the mayors who are buried in the Cemetery.

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Population(s) Served

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville City Cemetery is located at 1001 Fourth Avenue South* at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street.

Funding Needs

Our most pressing need is to raise funds for continuing restoration efforts. Our annual fund raisers, the Living History Tour, the Memorial Day Dash and the Membership Drive all contribute to our on going efforts on behalf of Nashville City Cemetery preservation. Membership support is critical in making this happen. Another area of need is volunteer support. Volunteers are needed for the Living History Tour, the Memorial Day Dash, Clean Up Days and Special Events.

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Nashville City Cemetery Association

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John B. Allyn

State of Tennessee

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

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