Interview With Dr Angela Sutton, Fort Negley Descendants Project (Episode 110)

May 10, 2024

Fort Negley is a historical park in Nashville, Tennessee. Operated under the auspices of the Metro Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation, the park contains the remnants of a Civil War era Union Army fortress.  The fort was mainly constructed by black laborers, many were escaped slaves, who  had settled in an encampment surrounding the fort area.

Our guest, Dr Angela Sutton,  is a social and digital  historian affiliated with  Vanderbilt  University.  She serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Research Assistant Professor in the History Department.   Dr. Sutton has involved herself with the Friends of Fort Negley and has established The Builders and Defenders Database ( which makes available the names and biographical information  of the enslaved and free Black people who built and defended the fort) as well as the Fort Negley Descendants Project, which is an oral history archive  of the descendants.


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Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

Mark practiced law in Nashville Tennessee from 1987 until retirement in 2017.  He had a general practice with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims.  He was a faculty member of the Nashville School of Law ( 1997-2009) teaching the course on Social Security Law.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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