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Reclaiming A Piece Of African-American History At “The Field”

Cast iron markers are the only remaining physical evidence of a potter's field in Red Bank.
Contributed photo by Martin Granum / Chattanooga Times Free Press
Cast iron markers are the only remaining physical evidence of a potter's field in Red Bank.

The White Oak Connector Trail project links Stringer’s Ridge Park in Chattanooga with White Oak Park in Red Bank.

In the past few years, the trail’s development led by the Trust for Public Land yielded the existence of an African-American cemetery, forgotten by many - unknown to many more.

Now, the African-American Cemetery Preservation Fund here in Chattanooga leads the work on this cemetery site, known as “The Field.”

This week, the Trust, the Fund and the American Institute of Architects Tennessee conference on architecture in Chattanooga will hold a workshop meant to advance the conversation on how the White Oak Connector Trail can be improved to recognize The Field.

The workshop - known as a design charrette - will host design professionals, stakeholders and neighbors on Wednesday night at the White Oak Park Pavilion, starting at 6 PM.

Noel Durant is Tennessee state director at the Trust for Public Land.

Donivan Brown is a member of the African-American Cemetery Preservation Fund.

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