Demonstrators Gathered Sunday Afternoon to Celebrate Nathan Bedford Forrest's Birthday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Several hundred people gathered this afternoon at Nathan Bedford Forrest's statue to celebrate his birthday.

The confederate general and slave dealer's statue sits in health sciences park in the medical district. His birthday is Thursday, July 13.

Members of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans mechanized calvary as well as united daughters of the confederacy.

They call themselves a heritage group.

"Not only to celebrate the birthday of Bedford Forrest but it's also to honor all the veterans both North and South. A lot of the people here have ancestors who were civil war soldiers, mostly confederate but a lot of union soldiers as well,” said Lee Miller, a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

The placement of the statue has been a source of contention over the years. Sons of the confederate veterans want to keep it and protestors have tried to have it removed calling it a symbol of oppression.


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