Nashville Mayor seeks $1 million to demolish Greer Stadium, turn into park

Nashville Mayor David Briley on demolition plans for Greer Stadium. PHOTO: FOX 17 News

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nashville Mayor David Briley announced on Tuesday new plans for the future of Fort Negley and Greer Stadium.

Mayor Briley said the Greer Stadium property is a perfect position for new green space. To that end, Mayor Briley will be seeking $1 million from the Metro Council to demolish the stadium and turn it into a park.

Briley says he hopes to also acknowledge the history of slaves at the park.

"Our city has not gone far enough to acknowledge slaves in this country," Briley said. "I am committed to working with the parks board to atone, seek reconciliation for what has always been a scar on the history of this great nation."

Briley is asking the Parks Department to update the Fort Negley Master Plan to honor the site's history, which was the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War, constructed after Nashville surrendered to the Union Army.

Musician Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn is helping fundraise for the park.

After Union forces occupied Nashville in 1862, more than 2,700 African-Americans helped build Fort Negley. About 600 to 800 died.

Briley became mayor last week after ex-Mayor Megan Barry resigned amid fallout from an affair.

The AP contributed to this report.

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