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2771 Laborers Flag Planting

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Registration is required.

August 13 through December 7 marks the 158th anniversary of the construction of Fort Negley. Help us plant flags at the entrance of the park to honor the self-emancipated, contraband, enslaved, and free Black laborers that built Nashville's federal fortification system during the Civil War. Planting flags acts as a reminder that behind the 2771 names listed in the "Employment Rolls and Nonpayment Rolls of Negroes Employed in the Defenses of Nashville, Tennessee, 1862-1863" were humans who took great risks and made sacrifices for the hope that one day they and their descendants may be acknowledged as such.

Due to risks associated with the coronavirus we are limited to 25 participants at a time. You can sign up yourself and members of your household for one-hour increments by registering below.

This volunteer task includes walking, bending over, and carrying items less than 15 lbs. Masks are required and a health screening will take place before volunteering can start. 

Please indicate which time slot(s) you would like to sign up for:

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register Online

Available Registration slots: 97


Fort Negley Park
1100 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

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