Markers of Historic Nashville Family Found at Aquinas College

August 25, 2016

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 25, 2016) — Tombstones bearing the names of Charles Bosley, Sr. (died 1870) and Mary Bosley (12 months, died 1825) were discovered on the campus of Aquinas College near the site of a nearly complete student residence, Siena Hall. The project’s construction manager uncovered the stones when grading for a campus quadrangle near the main academic building and the new residence hall and notified the proper authorities immediately.

“This could potentially be an historic site, so we are treating it with care,” said Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., President. “The location of the markers is such that they are neither in danger of being damaged nor disrupting the operations of the school or the activities of our students.”

After the discovery, the construction crew cordoned off a large area surrounding the tombstones to prevent further disruption of the site. Ben Nance, Archaeologist Supervisor of the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, visited the site of the tombstones and offered insight on possible next steps. Mr. Nance estimated there to be at least two graves with the possibility of additional graves on the site.

Charles Bosley, Sr., an early settler in the Nashville area, lived in a residence on the site of Aquinas College’s “White House,” which was built in 1913 and now serves as offices for the college. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia purchased the property in 1923 and initially used the White House as Overbrook School. The Sisters later constructed new buildings for Overbrook, St. Cecilia Academy, and Aquinas College on the property. Siena Hall is the first new construction for Aquinas in nearly 40 years.

Construction of Siena Hall will continue as planned, with appropriate care and respect for the burial site. Aquinas College will work with specialists to determine the next steps in the preservation and documentation of the site. The College has begun the process of contacting the descendants of Mr. Bosley.

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