Public Voices Opinions on Renaming Memphis Parks

Public Voices Opinions on Renaming Memphis Parks

The Ku Klux Klan may have left town, but the battle over the names of three Memphis parks rages on.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Ku Klux Klan may have left town, but the battle over the names of three Memphis parks rages on.

More than 50 people spoke Monday night in front of a committee that will decide what to name three parks: Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Confederate Park, and Jefferson Davis Park. The parks all have ties to Confederate history.

The meeting was held under heavy security; more than a dozen Memphis police officers were at the meeting.

Those in favor of re-naming, and those against, were passionate about their views.

"I think it is tantamount to book-burning," stated Memphis resident Dr. E.C. Fields. "Leave the names of the parks alone. You can not develop the history of everybody by erasing the history of anybody."

Juan Salter added, "I am fine with the name staying there, as long as it puts the whole story. [Nathan Bedford Forrest] was a great general, but he was also a pretty nasty guy, too."

The co-chair of the committee says the hope is to suggest permanent names for the parks to the Memphis City Council by mid to late April.

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