Memphis renames 3 parks that honored Confederacy

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three Memphis parks that honored the Confederacy and two of its notable members are getting a name change.

The City Council 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 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.

The council had already been considering changing the name of the park honoring Forrest, a Confederate cavalryman and former slave trader who was an early member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and others in Memphis oppose the name changes.

Civil rights activist Kennith Van Buren says the parks have a racial history that should be erased.

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