Margaret Verble on the Glendale Zoo and 'When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky' : NPR's Book of the Day If you visited South Nashville today, you might not suspect that, over a century ago, it was home to a zoo and amusement park called the Glendale Zoo. Among other attractions, the zoo had a popular attraction called "horse diving," in which a performer rode a horse off a tall platform into a body of water. In her book, When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky, Verble imagines the life of a young Cherokee girl named Two Feathers, who horse dives for a living at the zoo in the year 1926 — set against the background of the Jim Crow South and widespread mistreatment of Native Americans.

The zoo that history nearly forgot in 'When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky'

The zoo that history nearly forgot in 'When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky'

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