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Watkins Park

 
 
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By R. E. Smith, September 2, 2007
1. Watkins Park Marker
Inscription. Land once known as Watkins Grove was given to the city in 1870 by brick maker and contractor Samuel Watkins. It served as a site for political gatherings, school commencements and concerts. This became Nashville's first public park in 1901. Park Board chairman E. C. Lewis planned landscape features including a stone entrance and fence, walkways, flowerbeds, and benches, which were built with materials donated by citizens. In 1906, the Centennial Club opened the city's first playground here, setting a precedent for public recreation facilities elsewhere in the city. Improved by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, Watkins Park was a park for black Nashvillians from 1936 until the 1960s, when the park system was desegregated.
 
Erected 2005 by The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. (Marker Number 123.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 36° 9.711′ N, 86° 47.938′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on Jo Johnston Avenue near 16th Avenue N., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37203, United States of America.
 
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By R. E. Smith, September 2, 2007
2. Watkins Park Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pearl High School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marathon Motor Car (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Weldon Johnson Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ella Sheppard (Moore) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Samuel Allen McElwee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arna Wendell Bontemps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fisk University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nashville.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Places
 
Watkins Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, September 2, 2007
3. Watkins Park Marker
 
 
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