New Frist exhibit explores 2010 Nashville Flood

The Cumberland River overflowed its banks in 2010, causing floodwaters to rise around the riverfront area and several blocks of downtown Nashville. May 3, 2010.  {Photo Courtesy of  Larry McCormack for The Tennessean.}

Nashville — Over two days in 2010, record-breaking amounts of rainfall fell across Middle Tennessee. The already swollen Cumberland River eventually crested almost 12 feet above flood stage, while smaller tributaries also flooded. That water poured from its banks into the homes and businesses of downtown Nashville including placed like the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the Opryland Hotel, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Over 25 people died in the region and including 11 in Nashville.

It rattled the lives of untold numbers of people and brought a community together. On January 10, The Frist Museum in Nashville opened The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later, an exhibit of photographs and oral histories from ten different Nashville neighborhoods including Antioch, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Bordeaux, and others, in addition to downtown. The majority of the items for the exhibit come from the Nashville Public Library and The Tennessean. An interactive monitor also illustrates the long-term impact of the flood by pairing photographs from 2010 with ones from 2020. 

The exhibit will remain on display through May 17 in the Conte Community Arts Gallery. For more information, visit The Frist website. •

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