Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Hadley Park

Marker ID: THC 3A 151
Location: on 28th Ave. North near Meharry Blvd, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.975    W 086° 49.228
  36.16625    -86.82046666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


In 1912, Nashville officials purchased 34 acres of land to provide a public park for Negro citizens. Originally a part of the John L. Hadley plantation, Hadley Park was dedicated on July 4th. It is considered the first public park in the United States for African Americans. Named for either the pioneer African-American physician Dr. W. A. Hadley or John L. Hadley, supporter of freedmen after the Civil War, Hadley Park continues as a benchmark in the community's cultural heritage.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.