The Built Environment

Visual Representations of North Nashville's Past

North Nashville has gone through several different states of being, first as a rural adjunct to the bustling town on the river, then as a space that served as both a poignant representation of the city’s effort to treat African Americans as second class citizens and an area provided a refuge from the degrading effects of Jim Crow.  The photographs featured on this page represents a visual archive of the North Nashville community during the twentieth century and ultimately an attempt by its residents to define the community through their own eyes.


10th and Jefferson   Tenth and Jefferson (Courtesy of the Metro-Nashville Public Archives)

Church of Christ   Church of Christ-26th and Jefferson