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The 80-Year Mystery Around 'Fred Douglas' Park

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This week’s podcast extra from Code Switch: Nashville ends a decades-old mystery about Frederick Douglass.

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In Nashville, there was a time when the idea of a "Negro park" ruffled feathers. For more than 80 years, there's been confusion about whether a park originally created during segregation and named for a seemingly nonexistent "Fred Douglas" might have actually been intended to honor the great abolitionist and statesman. Reporter Blake Farmer of member station WPLN explores the park's controversial history and how the city finally decided to clarify the park's name.

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