Apr 23, 2024 - News

Nashville CM Zulfat Suara pushes for Civil Rights museum

Diane Nash cutting a red ribbon surrounded by people.

Nashville leaders stand around Diane Nash at a ceremony honoring her last weekend. Photo: Nate Rau/Axios

On the same day Nashville celebrated civil rights legend Diane Nash, Metro Councilmember Zulfat Suara called on the city to expand its efforts to memorialize and preserve its past.

  • The city named the plaza in front of the historic Metro courthouse in Nash's honor. At a ceremony on Saturday, city leaders celebrated the success of the peaceful desegregation movement, which Nash helped lead.

What she's saying: "Ms. Nash just said the Nashville Civil Rights Movement was different from other cities," Suara said during her speech. "Why don't we have a civil rights and African American history museum in Nashville?"

State of play: The city has stepped up its efforts in recent years to hold up the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Metro leadership previously renamed a stretch of Fifth Avenue North after John Lewis and the new Bellevue high school after Rev. James Lawson.
  • The downtown library has a Civil Rights Room that explores Nashville's history.
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