Memphis City Council votes to rename parks that honor Confederacy

10:19 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the confederacy and two of its principal members.

The council passed a resolution this week to immediately rename three parks: Confederate Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park.

The council passed the resolution after a state House member introduced a bill that prevents parks named after historical military figures from being renamed.

"I am glad we circumvented Nashville and that we can make our own decisions," said Councilman Kemp Conrad.

"This is going on all over the country, revisionist history. It's the thing to do," said Becky Muska, a resident of Shelby County.

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate cavalryman and former slave trader. He's also recognized as a member of the first incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan.

Jefferson Davis served as leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War and as president of the Confederate states.

The name changes are opposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some Memphis residents.

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