Memphis Parks Group Prepares Name Recommendations

Memphis Parks Group Prepares Name Recommendations

The committee charged with renaming three Confederate-themed Memphis parks is wrapping up its work. Committee members will present their recommendations to the Memphis City Council in a few weeks.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The committee charged with renaming three Confederate-themed Memphis parks is wrapping up its work. Committee members will present their recommendations to the Memphis City Council in a few weeks.

Councilman Harold Collins isn't a fan of this issue. He says there are far more important things to spend time on, other than changing the names of three parks. We found most of you who live in Memphis feel the same way.

It started with Nathan Bedford Forrest. Then it went to what was once called Jefferson Davis Park, then to Confederate Park. They are the names that were changed by the city council because there was legislation in Nashville that would have prohibited council members from doing so.

All the talk and controversy around renaming the parks is the reason the Ku Klux Klan came to town. You'd think Memphis residents would be so angry they'd be foaming at the mouth.

Well, they weren't.

Councilman Collins agrees with them. Collins is one of two city councilmen on the group assigned to come up with new names for the three parks. A few weeks ago they held a public hearing, wanting to hear name recommendations from the public.

"The majority of the people who spoke to the council at the public hearing were from out of town, outside of the Memphis city limits," he said.

As far as Harold Collins is concerned, those who spoke who lived outside the city will have troubles convincing him they were right.

Collins says he pays more attention to the people who pay the property taxes; those are the ones whose opinions will carry more weight.

The renaming committee released the suggestions for "new" names Monday, submitted by citizens during meetings and online.

The top three names were Jefferson Davis Park with 484 votes, followed by Nathan Bedford Forrest Park with 481 votes and Confederate Park, receiving 463 votes.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus