Committee Votes on New Memphis Park Names

Committee Votes on New Memphis Park Names

The committee charged with finding new names for three Confederate-themed Memphis city parks is ready to make its recommendations.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The committee charged with finding new names for three Confederate-themed Memphis city parks is ready to make its recommendations.

After deliberating Monday afternoon, the Parks Renaming Committee voted to change what was once Forrest Park to Civil War Memorial Park. They also recommended that there be more markers put up in that park to detail issues of the Civil War.

The group decided to recommend changing the name of the old Confederate Park to Promenade Park. That area of the city once had a long stretch of green running north from Union Avenue to where the Cook Convention Center is today, and it was called The Promenade.

The third recommendation was renaming the old Jefferson Davis Park to Harbor Park. It's a name that doesn't make the heart go pitter-patter, but it's accurate.

As for the man in charge of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lee Millar, none of these names is satisfactory. "It's not over," he says, "It just obliterates Civil War history from Memphis, where we were so involved, and that's just wrong."

There was one interesting vote. Reverend Keith Norman suggested naming the old Jefferson Davis Park after Maxine Smith, the great civil rights leader who died Friday. But city councilman Harold Collins says there are other more fitting tributes to Smith other than naming a park, and asked the committee not to vote out of emotion.

The city council will make the final decisions.
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