Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-19 14:18:00 –
Memphis, Tennessee. >> The Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarized presence has been in Memphis since he moved here in 1852. His heritage is solidified by a giant statue approaching everyone who passed through the cemetery in a popular park.
Defenders regarded him as a hero of his civil war abuse. The slander called him a violent racist and referred to his early leadership role in the Ku Klux Klan.
Currently, the remains of the former slave trader will be moved to the new Confederate Museum in Colombia, Tennessee. This is another milestone in efforts to remove statues, monuments, and current remains of Confederate leaders from public spaces.
As workers prepare to dig a grave earlier this month, a white man waving the rebel flag and singing “Dixie,” screaming Tami Sawyer, Shelby County Commissioner, with a taunting stringed tilade. Launched. The black Sawyer stripped the Confederate flag from the wire mesh fence surrounding the site as George Johnson walked behind her on a concrete platform.
When he cursed her again, Sawyer replied, “It’s not your property,” and turned to the reporters who gathered for the June 1 press conference.
The Health Science Park, where Forrest and his wife were buried for over a century, was known as Forest Park until 2013, when it was renamed. After Sawyer’s initiative campaign, the statue of a horse-riding general was removed in 2017.
Now, the sons of Confederate Veterans have agreed to transport his remains to the National Museum of Confederate Veterans at the historic Elm Springs Mansion in Colombia, 200 miles away.
Group spokesman Lee Miller, Forrest’s distant cousin, said Forrest and his wife’s body were in a private location until they were moved to the museum.
“Memphis is not the town where Forest grew up,” he said. “It just deletes his history and forgets the past.”
Gradually, Forest’s heritage was demolished in Memphis. Forrest traded slaves near areas where many races began to eat, drink, and watch ball games downtown. Just a short drive away is the old Lorraine Motel, where the leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, is located. Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Many of the majority-Black Memphis wants to see the forest disappear. The park where his grave was located was a place of protest related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Juneteenth Music Festival, which marks the end of American slavery, is scheduled there this weekend.
“It’s like the burden has been removed,” said Van D. Turner, Commissioner of Black County, who called for the removal of the Forest statue. “It just gives us a breath.”
Elsewhere in Tennessee, activists and Democrats are calling for the removal of Forest’s bust from the Nashville State Capitol. At the recommendation of Republican Governor Bill Lee, the Tennessee History Commission voted to withdraw the bust, but GOP lawmakers insisted that another commission vote was needed. No removal plan has been announced.
After accumulating wealth in Memphis, Forrest joined the rebels. He was injured four times, commanded a lightning strike on the supply line, and commanded the army in Shiloh, Chickamauga, and other Civil War battles.
Jack Hurst, author of Nathan Bedford Forrest: Biology, says Forest was the only soldier to be promoted from private to vice admiral.
In April 1864, Forrest’s troops attacked Fort Pillow in northwestern Tennessee, killing an estimated 200-300 Union soldiers. Most of them were black. Forrest was later accused of slaughtering them when they tried to surrender.
Historians say he was an early clan leader, but some Forest supporters disagree with it, saying he was angry with its growing tendency to violence.
The remains of Forrest and his wife were moved to the grounds of the Health Science Park in 1904, where his statue stood above passers-by.
“The statue was blamed and aggressive,” Sawyer said. “It wasn’t what I believed belonged to our city.”
In December 2017, Memphis sold Forest Park to the newly established Memphis Green Space, a non-profit organization led by Commissioner Turner. The sale to a private company circumvented state law prohibiting the removal of historic buildings from public areas.
On the night of December 20, 2017, the crane removed the statue from the pedestal. The sons of Confederate veterans filed proceedings on grounds for state law, but a Nashville judge opposed them.
Greenspace eventually handed the statue to the son of a Confederate veteran, the judge signed an agreement approved by Forrest’s relatives, and the couple’s remains at the group’s privately funded museum displaying Civil War relics. I sent that.
The sons of Confederate veterans paid for the dismantling using contractors and volunteers, including Johnson, who confronted Sawyer.
The museum’s forest monument is likely to be set up outdoors in a park setting, and Miller said a former Confederate general could rest in peace.
“There were some vandalism, some spray paint, and protests,” Miller said of the Memphis park. “The general will not be as happy as things are here.”
For Turner, the expulsion of Confederate monuments and Forest remains is to “cancel fraud” in cities that are still dealing with King’s assassination.
“I hope it brings the city to life, and it informs the city that we don’t have to allow us to drag us down in the past,” Turner said.
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