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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Preston Taylor

Minister, Entrepreneur, and Business Leader

 

— 1849-1931 —

 
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By Darren Jefferson Clay, February 5, 2021
1. Preston Taylor Marker
Inscription.  
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Preston Taylor was born a slave on November 7, 1849 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served as a drummer boy in the Union Army during the siege of Richmond, Virginia. After the Civil War, he secured a contract to build several sections of the Big Sandy Railway from Mt. Sterling to Richmond, Virginia. Taylor came to Nashville around 1884 and three years later purchased thirty-seven acres of land at Elm Hill Pike and Spence Lane. A year later, he established Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville's second oldest cemetery for African-Americans.
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Founding minister of Lea Avenue Christian Church, Taylor, an undertaker, also founded Taylor Funeral Company, the first African-American undertaking business in the city. A founder of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, in 1905 he established Greenwood Recreational Park, the first park for African-Americans. Taylor was among those instrumental in Nashville securing Tennessee A&I State Normal College. Twenty years after his death, the Preston Taylor
Preston Taylor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Darren Jefferson Clay, February 5, 2021
2. Preston Taylor Marker
public housing complex was named in honor of one of Nashville’s most powerful African-American leaders.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 177.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 36° 9.439′ N, 86° 49.872′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and 39th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Clifton Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3900 Clifton Ave, Nashville TN 37209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee Baptist Orphans' Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cavalry Action (Dec 15, 1864) (approx. half a mile away); TSU's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lt William McBryar, Buffalo Soldier (approx. 0.7 miles away); National Negro High School Basketball Tournament (approx. 0.7 miles away); Charlotte Road (approx. 0.8 miles away); Richland Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cockrill School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
Preston Taylor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Darren Jefferson Clay, February 5, 2021
3. Preston Taylor Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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