City of Brentwood Commissioner Anne Dunn and Carolyn Hatcher applaud and smile as the new plaque is unveiled, honoring the unnamed slaves added to a stone column outside the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.

City of Brentwood Commissioner Anne Dunn and Carolyn Hatcher applaud and smile as the new plaque is unveiled, honoring the unnamed slaves added to a stone column outside the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.


With a growing population of just over 40,000 citizens, the city of Brentwood has several future projects coming up in its future. 

In early 2019, Brentwood City Commissioners approved two proposals related public safety needs within the city for the police and fire departments. 

A vote taken by commissioners last year saved historic slave cabins in Brentwood, and those once enslaved were honored with a plaque at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. 

Future Brentwood

police station

Commissioners started working on plans for a new Brentwood Police station in 2017, which is located at Heritage Way. The police station’s appearance and longevity were important factors commissioners discussed during a recent special work session. 

However, with a preliminary cost of approximately $29.9 million, it will be up to commissioners in the coming months how much the city will spend on a new space for the police department. 

In a previous interview with the Herald, Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said the police department’s current space was “decentralized” with some police offices within the department scattered throughout Brentwood’s City Hall on Maryland Way.

“We just simply have a need for more space given the number of personnel we currently have,” Hughes said.

Future Brentwood

Fire Station 

Residential developments being constructed off Split Log and Ragsdale roads in Brentwood have led the city to purchase land for a future fire station nearby.  

Brentwood has seen a population increase of 24.5 percent in the past 10 years, and 48.83-percent in emergency call responses, according to a needs assessment study presented by the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department. 

Preliminary plans indicate that the future fifth fire station within the city would house one response unit and one crew and an ambulance crew in the 11,000 sq. ft. two-story building. 

Design work for capital projects will not be completed until 2023.

Primm slave cabins saved 

Just off of Moores Lane, two 1825 historic log slave cabins on the Primm Farms property were saved last year after the developer agreed to preserve them. After some disagreement on how many homes should be allowed on the property, commissioners ultimately agreed to approve 24 homes to be built on the land.

 Williamson County Rick Warwick also advocated that city commissioners should vote in favor of saving the unique, duplex-style cabins. 

 “The Primm slave cabins are especially rare examples that remain in Brentwood and Williamson County,” Warwick said. “With National Register status, it is even more important that we attempt to preserve as much as possible at this site.”     

“Every avenue should be explored to preserve them.” 

Those enslaved

honored at library 

A dedication ceremony last December at the John P. Holt Library unveiled two new plaques in honor of the 100 unnamed slaves owned by the Holt Family. 

The plaques were funded through a $4.2 million bequest by Mr. John Holt, O’Delle Holt and Charles Whitherspoon Jr. The funds were used to change signage and other branding to reflect the library’s new name. 

Two early supporters of the plaques are Brentwood residents Inetta Gaines and Wanda Graham. At previous city commission meetings, they both spoke in support of a prominent plaque being placed in honor of those once enslaved. 

After studying her genealogy, Carolyn Hatcher found out that she had ancestors who were born on the Holt Plantation. Hatcher is the great, great granddaughter of Lucretia Holt, a slave who was born on the plantation in 1833. 

Hatcher said she looks forward to showing the plaque to her future generations. 

“I get to tell my kids and then bring them here to this library to see our legacy,” Hatcher said.

“It’s a legacy that will keep growing.”  


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