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Resolution RS2019-111

A Resolution recognizing the naming of Kossie Gardner Sr. Park located at 1606 Jefferson Street.

WHEREAS, design is underway for a new pocket park located at 1606 Jefferson Street, informally referred to as “Jefferson Street Park”; and

WHEREAS, initially developed by Metro Water Services to detain stormwater in underground cisterns, the site, located in the heart of the historic Jefferson Street corridor, will ultimately become a civic space where Nashvillians can engage in history, culture, and community; and

WHEREAS, on November 5, 2019, the Metro Board of Parks and Recreation voted to adopt the name “Kossie Gardner Sr. Park” for the site located at 1606 Jefferson Street; and

WHEREAS, in the early 20th century, Jefferson Street developed into Nashville’s premier African American business corridor with establishments such as the Ritz Theater, Brown’s Hotel and Pharmacy, and the Delmar Hotel; and

WHEREAS, the bustling Jefferson Street corridor was home to the majority of Nashville’s African American middle-class population and many distinguished African American business owners; and

WHEREAS, Kossie Gardner, Sr. was one of the most prominent businessmen as well as a highly respected and successful funeral home owner who made his living on Jefferson Street; and

WHEREAS, originally born Carthenous Crosby, Kossie Gardner, Sr. apprenticed with the Gardner family and eventually took their surname; and

WHEREAS, his first business, Gardner & Co., was located at 411 Cedar Street, where he served as the youngest funeral director in the city; and

WHEREAS, Kossie Gardner, Sr. was a popular undertaker in the 1940s and 1950s, and had a keen mind and good business sense; and

WHEREAS, Gardner, Sr. bought and owned the Masonic Temple Building downtown, and introduced new housing in the development of Gold Coast on Hydes Ferry Pike; and

WHEREAS, Gardner, Sr. founded Hills of Calvary Cemetery and maintained a farm and dairy business as well; and

WHEREAS, in honor of his historic contributions to the Jefferson Street community as well as Nashville’s African American community, a request was made to officially name the park “Kossie Gardner, Sr. Park”; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize the historical significance of Kossie Gardner, Sr.’s achievements, and celebrate the naming of the park in his honor.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing the naming of Kossie Gardner Sr. Park located at 1606 Jefferson Street.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sharon Hurt, Freddie O'Connell

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee
Parks, Library, and Arts Committee

IntroducedNovember 19, 2019

Adopted:November 19, 2019

ApprovedNovember 22, 2019

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 11/25/2019 9:09 AM