Several million dollars in funding could be to three North Nashville projects. It’s part of a move by Congress to fund more community projects.

American Baptist College, in partnership with the Metro Historical Commission, will receive funds to restore buildings on the campus, where many notable Civil Rights leaders received their education and training, as well as create a complementary Civil Rights walking tour of the campus to educate the public about the College’s significance and role in the Civil Rights story.

Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05), secured nearly $4.8 million in funding. The spending package must pass the Senate before landing on the President’s desk to sign into law.

Richard Jackson, executive vice president at American Baptist College has been working with Congressman Cooper on the project to get funding for the buildings and further highlight ABC’s Civil Rights history.  “I am pleased to see this project moving forward and look forward to passage from the Senate,” said Jackson.

For the first time in more than a decade, members of Congress were able to submit specific requests for their districts. Rep. Cooper selected two schools and one major project all to strengthen the North Nashville area.

American Baptist College, Meharry Medical College, and the Jefferson Street Interstate Cap project will split the funds.

Meharry Medical College to fund a supercomputer cluster to support student- and faculty-specialized genomics research at their new School of Applied Computational Sciences.

Metro Nashville to construct the Jefferson Street Cap and Connector, an interstate cap located over Interstate 40 from the D.B. Todd Blvd. Bridge to 17th Avenue N., which would help reconnect the North Nashville community and support revitalization of the historically significant Jefferson Street commercial district.