Fairview Park Historical Marker Unveiled

Fairview Park Historical Marker Unveiled
Posted on 06/19/2020
Fairview Park Historical Marker UnveiledThe City of Columbia unveiled the Fairview Park Historical Marker to the public on Friday, June 19th, in conjunction with Juneteenth. The unveiling took place at 8:30am at Fairview Park. City leaders Mayor Chaz Molder, Vice Mayor Dr. Christa Martin, City Councilman Tony Greene, Parks and Recreation Director Mack Reagan and Maury County Historian Jo Ann McClellan spoke to the history, importance and impact of Fairview Park among this community. Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles also presented a Juneteenth proclamation. 

“Fairview Park is one of the most significant parks in the City of Columbia. This is a special day to commemorate the historical marker at this park. Also, it is especially memorable that we dedicate the marker on Juneteenth,” said City Manager Tony Massey. 

The Fairview Park Historical Marker reads:

In May 1938, the City of Columbia purchased 7.81 acres of land from Mrs. Ida L. Padgett in the amount of $585.75 for the first park dedicated to the African American community. Mr. Henry ‘Chick’ Shelton, a member of the City Park Commission, then requested the Columbia Board of Mayor and Alderman to construct a ball park for the community’s Negro citizens. The park was built with a grandstand that could seat 800 people, dugouts, dressing rooms and a ticket office. The first event ever held at the park was a baseball game played on May 29, 1938.
In September 1940, the park was further expanded with the purchase of 2.03 acres from Mrs. Gertrude Snedegar in the amount of $300. This additional acreage led to the construction of a football field equipped for night games. The field was dedicated on October 21, 1940 when College Hill High School and Tullahoma High School played to a 0-0 tie in front of a packed crowd. It was at this time the park came to be known as Fairview Park. In November 1957, the city purchased an additional 27 acres from Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Snedegar in the amount of $10,500, completing the park as it is today. Fairview Park has consistently been the City of Columbia’s most popular park for hosting weddings, reunions, family picnics and community events. 

This is the latest installation in the ongoing City of Columbia historic marker program.