Memphis Mayor: Remove Statue And BODY Of Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest From Park



“If there’s anything we learn from history, it’s that we don’t learn from history.”


I really worry for the future generations of our great nation seeing the direction this country is headed. You can’t rewrite history (just like the Communists in the old USSR) to avoid remembering anything uncomfortable in our past. It’s not going to make things better in the long run if our history books read like a Candyland game instead of reminding ourselves of mistakes from the past in order to avoid repeating them in the future.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says he thinks a statue of Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest should be removed from a city park. Mayor Wharton joins a growing number of voices calling for the complete removal of all traces of Forrest from the park.

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In an emailed statement to The Associated Press late Wednesday, Wharton said he would like to see the statue removed from Health Sciences Park and “returned to Forrest Monument Association that had it placed there.” Wharton said the graves of Forrest and his wife, which are in the park, should be relocated to Elmwood Cemetery. Elmwood was the original location of the graves, until 1904, when the park was created and the statue erected.



Lee Millar with the Sons of Confederate Veterans strongly opposes the move, “He was a city councilman, an alderman for two terms, and helped rebuild the city after the war.” Before the war, Forrest was a millionaire from his business as a slave trader, cotton merchant, and real estate investor.


I say let the dead rest, if someone is that uncomfortable with a statue I’m sure they are plenty other parks they can visit. Besides until recently I’m sure it never “offended” anyone in such away.

The liberals and race baiting society are recreating history to make the Civil War entirely about slavery, which anyone who has opened a book since 8th grade knows it wasn’t. It was about states rights and economic control of our growing country. Slavery was an abomination, but the North used it to turn the screws on the South. If the North been able to avoid war by keeping slavery legal, they would have. And slavery very likely would’ve been made illegal by 1870’s anyway based on global pressure and economic sanctions against American products, and without the loss of 500,000 American lives.

The attack on the confederate flag and monuments aren’t in my eyes are undoubtedly a smoke screen to have American people looking in the other direction while we lose even more liberties. We will one day look up and realize that we have lost everything while a few minorities took small steps while being made to believe they were jumping the moon. Whether you are white, black, hispanic, or any other race which calls America home, it is time we remember we are Americans and that we do what we do for our children and grandchildren- wake up before it’s too late.

Editors note: Although he did not found the Ku Klux Klan, Forrest was its first Grand Wizard. After a couple of years, however, he saw where the organization was headed and decided to repudiate it. Instead, he went in for building a railroad between Memphis and Selma, Alabama. The reputation as the perpetrator of the Fort Pillow massacre and his association with the KKK continued to follow him. As he began to suffer bad health, Forrest tried to become a force for good in the South and even became supportive of the African-Americans with whom he dealt, to the extent that hundreds honored him at his funeral when he died of advanced diabetes in 1877. (H/T Tarnmoor)



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