Landowner razed slave-built structure to ensure he could sell tract (Tenn.)

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A battle over history and property is developing high up on a ridge in West Meade.

Gene Scott, who owns four acres in the west Nashville neighborhood, brought a bulldozer up to the ridge Dec. 8 and had the driver plow through a long stretch of a stone wall.

Scott, 76, said he owns the land where that section of the wall stood, and he eventually wants to sell it.

But some neighbors and historic preservationists are fuming. They say the 4-foot-high wall wasn't just any stack of stones: It was built by slaves living and working on the Belle Meade Plantation nearly 200 years ago.

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