Events at Fort Negley Park
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Upcoming Events

On Saturday, September 30, 2pm, at Fort Negley Visitors Center or online, Vanderbilt Professor Emeritus Richard Blackett will give the annual Path to Freedom lecture!

Richard Blackett is a historian of the abolitionist movement in the US, particularly its transatlantic connections and the roles African Americans played in the movement to abolish slavery. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent titles The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slave, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the Politics of Slavery (2018) and Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle (2023). A selection of Professor Blackett’s books will be available for purchase in the gift shop and to pre-order at the registration website.

Path to Freedom programs are presented by Metro Parks and Friends of Fort Negley Park in celebration of International Underground Railroad month and Fort Negley Park’s addition to the National Parks Service’s Network To Freedom. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot for this free event.

2:00 pm: Lecture + Q&A

3:00 pm: Reception + Book Signing

Tickets are currently sold out. View the live recording on Zoom:

Recurring Events

Fossil Finders

This program is perfect for fossil enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Join a geologist volunteer the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.


The Nashville Civil War Roundtable meets at the Fort Negley Visitors Center the third Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Join them for scholarly presentations

Nashville History Club

Coming soon in October.


The Sons of Union Veterans meets at the Fort Negley Visitors Center the fourth Tuesday every other month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Programs are open to all.

Guided Tours

Join us to learn about the rich 155+ year history of the park from one of our staff on July 29th and August 5th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

Learn more here.