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Bill Radcliffe Descendant of Edward Ratcliff

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Dressed in his uniform atop St. Cloud Hill, Bill Radcliffe was the first United States Colored Troop living history interpreter who commemorated the legacy of Fort Negley. Radcliffe, a Nashville native,  has always had a love for history, and his family made sure it was part of his upbringing. Radcliffe’s family served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and  Desert Storm, and Radcliffe himself served in the Navy during the...

Eleanor Fleming Descendant of Ruffin and Egbert Bright

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Dr. Eleanor Fleming was born and raised in Williamson County where she was surrounded by the history and memorabilia of the Civil War. Although Fleming never considered Nashville home, she always considered it a home away from home because most of her educational training took place in Nashville at Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College. Fleming’s grandmother was the genealogist of the family, and she told many stories...

Gary Burke Descendant of Peter Bailey

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Gary Burke’s personal relationship with Fort Negley formed when he met Bill Radcliffe and Dennis Boggs at the Inglewood Branch of the Nashville Public Library where they were speaking about African Americans in the Civil War. The group later became the 13th USCT Living History Association where Burke became heavily involved in preserving the untold history of the Black Soldier during the Civil War...

Johnson Family Descendants of James Harding, Sr.

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The Johnson family, Sabrina Johnson-Gresham, Carmen Johnson, Felix Carlos Harding-Johnson, and Charles Johnson III, learned about their family history from their grandfather William Howard Harding.He often told stories about his grandfather James Harding Senior, who they called grandpa. According to a Nashville Globe article, James Harding Sr. is considered one of Nashville’s oldest residents...

Shayne Davidson Lecture: Seventeen Men

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Shayne Davidson is an illustrator and genealogist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A retired medical illustrator, Davidson now completed several projects using her love of history and art including her book: Civil War Soldiers: Discovering the Men of the 25th United States Colored Troop...

Taneya Koonce and Destiny Hanks, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

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Many African-Americans in the Nashville area may have connections to Fort Negley, if their family has been in the Nashville-Davidson county area for multiple generations. In part one of the two part video series, Taneya Koonce, president of the Nashville Chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, sits down with Destiny Hanks, undergraduate student researcher of the Fort Negley Descendants Project...