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Dunn-Shute Slave Cemetery (Grassmere)

AN-111: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN
NOLENSVILLE PIKE

20 Field Stones

History. On the Grassmere Plantation, now the location of the Nashville Zoo, a graveyard was discovered in 1989. The graves were left in place. Expansion of the Zoo necessitated the relocation of the graves. In 2014, archaeological examination found 20 unidentified individuals, believed to have been slaves at the Shute-Dunn farm, who had died between 1830 and 1860. The graves were exhumed, reburied in another location on the property and marked with field stones. The new gravesite, inside the Nashville Zoo property, is located near the Croft house and the Dunn-Croft Family Cemetery. Zoo admission is charged.

Report: 6-30-2016
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