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:
- In June 2013 the Nashville Tree Foundation designated the Nashville City Cemetery as an arboretum at a ceremony held onsite. We also created an educational brochure which allows individuals to tour the arboretum employing the map and index within.
- Throughout the year 2015, the Association organized specialized tours of the Cemetery. In May, 2015 the Davidson County Master Gardeners (who have made the Cemetery their project) led a tour that focused on the cemetery gardens.
- In October 2015 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 ifrom the Steamboat era in Nashville.
- 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 Metro Parks we hope to have the Cemetery designated as a greenway.
- 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.
Today the Cemetery is one of the gems of Nashville’s park system. Association members, through aggressive grass roots action, prompted government officials to mow the Cemetery and clear out brush. The Association lobbied for and obtained a $3.5 million appropriation for City Cemetery from the Metro Council in 2006 to restore and upgrade the Cemetery. Tombstones and mausoleums were repaired. Roadways were paved. Security lighting was installed.
Members of the Association conduct many activities to educate the public about City Cemetery and its history. These efforts include the annual Living History tour, specialized tours, a book and a newsletter.
This mission continues even though the appropriation has been exhausted. The Association has undertaken to pick up where government left off, and to do this it needs money. While the Association conducts fund raisers that bring in almost $10,000 per year, it needs donations to help in this mission.
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