Council Votes to Move Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Remains

Local Memphis, June 7, 2015

The Memphis City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to move the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from Health Sciences Park.

They have been buried in a park on Union Avenue for 110 years.

Council members are also moving ahead with plans to remove the statue of Forrest, even looking at selling the statue to anyone who wants it.

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There were rumors that the rush was on to move the statue and graves of Forrest and his wife in order to sell the property to the University of Tennessee.

“Has anyone else heard UT is about to do a $500 million expansion and that park is something they want?” asked council member Janis Fullilove.

“When I made this recommendation I had not heard that,” replied council member Lowery.

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This battle is far from over. It will require more votes, approval from the Tennessee Historical Commission and will most likely end up in court.

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