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War on Heritage: Remains of Confederate General Forrest and His Wife to Be Removed From Memphis Park

If you have followed this website and my activism over the last decade, you are probably expecting me to be outraged by this.


“(CNN) The remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from a Memphis park where a monument of him once stood.

The decision to move their remains came after the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit organization of male descendants of Confederate veterans, agreed to drop a pending lawsuit against park owners, according to CNN affiliate WREG.

Forrest, who was a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, and his wife, Mary Ann, had their graves at Health Sciences Park, where a monument to Forrest used to be.

City leaders voted in 2013 to change the name of three parks that honored Confederate figures in Memphis. Then, in 2015, they voted to move the Forrest statue. To proceed with the removal, they sought a waiver from the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, a law that governs the removal, relocation or renaming of memorials on public property. But the Tennessee Historical Commission denied the city’s request. …”

I’m not outraged though.

At this point, I would rather General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife just be left alone to rest in peace. I’ve been to that park many times over the last few years. The area around it in Memphis has deteriorated. The same is true of all these Southern cities that have these monuments.

Let Applebee’s and the bars on Beale Street and Broadway close down for a month. That’s what it takes to provoke a real conservative liberal uprising. These people have been thoroughly deracinated and don’t care about these issues. They are consumers who live in an economic zone now.

Note: Tennessee has a Heritage Protection Act. It was toothless and the Tennessee Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal filed by the SCV.

Originally appeared at: Occidental Dissent