Nashville City Cemetery

Coordinates: 36°8′50″N 86°46′11″W / 36.14722°N 86.76972°W / 36.14722; -86.76972
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Nashville City Cemetery
Location1001 4th Ave. S.
Nashville, Tennessee
Coordinates36°8′50″N 86°46′11″W / 36.14722°N 86.76972°W / 36.14722; -86.76972
ArchitectWilliam Strickland
NRHP reference No.72001235
Added to NRHPOctober 18, 1972

Nashville City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of Nashville's prominent historical figures are buried there. It includes the tombs of 22,000 people, 6,000 of whom were African Americans.


Nashville City Cemetery was opened on January 1, 1822. By 1850, over 11,000 people were buried there. In 1958, Nashville Mayor Ben West led an effort to restore and preserve the cemetery. In 1972, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to its historical and architectural significance.

Among those interred in the cemetery are two of Nashville's founders, four Confederate generals, one Tennessee Governor, and twenty-two mayors of Nashville. Also buried there are numerous soldiers, schoolteachers, former slaves, early civic leaders, and other interesting citizens of Nashville. Sea Captain William Driver, who coined the name "Old Glory" for his ship's U.S. Flag and hid that famous flag during the Civil War, is buried here. By 2017, the cemetery included the tombs of approximately 22,000 people, 6,000 of which were African Americans.[1] On March 4, 2017, Elias Polk and Matilda Polk, who were enslaved by President James K. Polk, had their tombstones replaced as part of an effort to recognize more African-Americans buried at the cemetery.[1]

Nashville City Cemetery is located near downtown Nashville at 1001 4th Avenue South.

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  1. ^ a b Humbles, Andy (March 4, 2017). "James K. Polk slaves recognized at Nashville City Cemetery". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County, TN". Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Nashville City Cemetery
  • Bucy, Carole S., and Kaplan, Carol F. The Nashville City Cemetery: History Carved in Stone. Nashville, TN: Nashville City Cemetery Association, 2000.

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