Memphis changes names of 3 Confederate-themed parks

Memphis Confederate parksUSA Today – by Doug Stanglin

The Memphis city council has hurriedly renamed three Confederate-themed parks, including one named after the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, to head off an effort by some state legislators to block such name changes.

The council on Tuesday passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members abstaining.  

The resolution changes the name of Confederate Park to Memphis Park; Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park; and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park.

Forrest, a Confederate general and cavalry leader, was a slave trader before the war and the KKK’s first Grand Wizard. He also is accused of massacring dozens of black Union soldiers who tried to surrender at the battle at Fort Pillow in 1864. Davis was president of the confederacy.

“The parks are changed. It’s done,” said Councilman Lee Harris, The Commercial Appeal reported. “We removed controversial names and named them something that is less controversial.”

The new names may be only temporary until more permanent names are chosen, theMemphis Daily News reported.

Council members made no secret of their attempt to vote for and finalize the move, which normally would require three hearings, in order to beat an attempt by two state lawmakers in Nashville to block such name changes.

The city council even voted to approve its minutes Tuesday to prevent the measure from being reconsidered at its next meeting.

The “Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013” bill, already introduced in the state legislature, would prohibit name changes to any “statue, monument, memorial, nameplate, plaque, historic flag display,school, street, bridge,building, park preserve, or reserve which has been erected for, or named or dedicated in honor of, any historical military figure,historical military event, military organization, or military unit” on public property, according to The Memphis Flyer.

The bill specifically included the “War Between the States,” in its language, a reference to the view that the Civil War was fought between two separate countries.

Memphis council member Shea Flinn said his vote to change the park names was prompted by “the ironic war of aggression from our northern neighbors in Nashville,” the Daily News reported.

Long-simmering disputes over the names of the parks came to a head last month when the city removed a recently installed half-ton, $10,000 granite marker installed at Forrest Park by The Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Commercial Appeal noted.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and others in Memphis opposed the name changes, saying that Forrest is a misunderstood figure who was not a racist but a businessman who treated his slaves humanely and resigned from the Klan.

“We should cherish the history that we have, we shouldn’t cover it up and try to bury it or hide it,” said Becky Muska, who spoke against the name change at the council meeting, the Associated Press reported.

Muska, who is white, acknowledges that Memphis is a racially divided city. So does Kennith Van Buren, a civil rights advocate who supports the name changes, the AP noted.

“These three parks have a racial history that should be erased,” said Van Buren, who is black. “These parks are an embarrassment to our city.”

16 thoughts on “Memphis changes names of 3 Confederate-themed parks

    1. I agree. Memphis in May is a month long event. It hosts the barbeque cook off which people come from around the world to participate in. It is held in Tom Lee park on the river bank.

      Memphis is a very dangerous place, even people born and raised there refuse to go to Beale St. anymore. It is very sad, I pray I never have to set foot on that soil again. Though with family and friends still living there I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

      I use to be proud being from Memphis…..not anymore.

  1. Harris and Flinn have also been champions of gay rights(read supremacy) in 2012. They’re just trying to work their way to the top of the heap in the political world. Useful idiots.

  2. Yes, wipe our heritage clean so there is nothing left to distinguish ourselves apart from other nationalities. That does seem to be part of the plan. Make our history insignificant. Alexander who? It is so devious the underlying mechanisms so well hidden in the motherboards of all computers, you can’t avoid it. Behind the façade are the Old World wealth with a smattering of geek squad billionaires all sitting at a table deciding the fate of humanity. “Can we exploit them any further or should we “fire up” the ovens?”

  3. Well hopefully the Memphis city council will be dragged out of their comfortable offices and hanged for the disrespect they’ve shown toward the historic heroes that secured the cushy lives they enjoy.

    That’s the problem here. A-holes like this think they’re untouchable, because if you get anywhere near them a SWAT team will arrive to protect their tyranny. When the SHTF they’re all going to be begging for mercy, but they deserve absolutely nothing of the sort.

  4. “…history that should be erased,”

    I’m surprised Henry has never mentioned this agenda on the daily casts! 😉

    1. Sunfire, he has stated many times that this is to erase all history of the American National. I believe he stated that this happened to Russia, the great purge?

      1. Misty, I was being completely facetious, that’s why I put the winking emoticon next to my comment. wink wink Yes, Henry has mentioned this on many of the daily casts. Indeed, this did happen in Russia and any other country that has been taken over by communists.

  5. Keep It Down – Brittany ‘Bree’ Newsome Removes Confederate Flag After Scaling South Carolina Statehouse Flagpole, Inspires Hashtag

    A 30-year-old black woman from North Carolina, Brittany Ann Byuarim Newsome of Charlotte, was arrested, along with a 30-year-old white man, James Ian Tyson, also from Charlotte, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

    For those inclined, show her some love here:

    A short history of her accomplice James Ian Tyson:
    James Ian Tyson – DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED – 03/10/2011.

    I am an activist, not terrorist, North Carolina man says
    Tyson says he’s an activist with the Rainforest Action Network. He thinks he was targeted by police to stop him from organizing protests.

    James Ian Tyson acknowledges that he is a political activist. He admits he has been arrested a couple of times for relatively minor offenses. But he insists he’s not a terrorist.
    Tyson, who describes himself on his Facebook page as a carpenter with a “veggie farm,” says he has no idea how he wound up on the government’s terrorist watch list. He just wants to save the rain forest. The only dings on his record, at least as far as he knows, consist of fishing for trout out of season and driving while impaired.

  6. Communist shitbag attacking Confederate Battle Flag
    at statehouse this morning:

    Wanted: treasonous communist shitbag –

    Her accomplice in yellow vest and hardhat:

    For those inclined, show em’ some love here:

  7. Link to a professionally made HD video of the
    attack this morning:

    Take note, while watching the video I realized
    they had a number of supporters with them taking still
    photos, additional video, and were joined by a group of Occupy styled
    regurgitation zombies.
    Also, while being arrested, her accomplice at the pole is revealed in easily
    recognizable and memorable detail.

  8. Its a sad day when we as citizens of a once great country have to realize that if we want to live a god fearing christian, gun owning normal life we have to avoid the major population centers because they are already lost to the corprate government UN entitlement welfare class

  9. Why the F**k are people so afraid of a stupid name or a Confederate flag that they have to change it in their business? Talk about cowards. Man, up you weaklings! Grow some balls. If people don’t want your business because of a stupid name, then that’s their problem and you don’t need their business. Suck it up and move on! Grow up!

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