MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–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, where they have been buried 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.
“The Forrest family is solidly opposed to digging up the graves and moving them any place,” said Lee Millar with the Son’s Of Confederate Veterans. “The statue just as well. They’re opposed to moving the statue too.”
Nashville media have been reporting where the city council there voted to ask TDOT to plant trees to block a privately owned statue of Forrest along with Confederate flags from a well-known display by the interstate. So now the government wants to spend tax dollars to stifle an individual’s free speech.
(The story goes on to say that the Tennessee Historical Commission must approve the plans. And there is speculation the city wants to sell the property to the University of Tennessee. Slavery was 100 percent wrong. But it is 100 percent wrong, too, to do a cultural cleansing of history just because it’s ugly. The Civil War really did happen, and the KKK is an evil group, but disturbing two graves will not change this. Disturbing the graves is totally disrespectful to Forrest’s relatives. Are we going to keep digging up graves and destroying all aspects of history we do not like? Who gets to decide all this? We have become a nation of pansies who cannot tolerate any viewpoint; but here’s the problem: Who gets to decide? This is anarchy. Also, once you start destroying your nation’s history, you are setting your nation up to fall. What is the US? How did we get to where we are today if we are too offended to fairly discuss history? If we bully our way over anyone we disagree with?)