MEMPHIS, Tenn.- A group of protesters growing tired of waiting on the local government to move a statue and grave site of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest decided to take matters into there own hands. Bringing in a shovel and vandalized the site by starting to dig it up on there own. The statue is located in a public park in the Medical District.
The group said that they are tired of waiting on the grave to be moved and just want him gone because he was a Confederate soldier, a KKK leader and a slave trader.
Lee Millar, the spokesperson for the Forrest family and Sons of Confederate Veterans said “They can protest all they want. Just because they don’t like it, doesn’t mean they are right. Digging up the park is just pure and simple vandalism,”
He said every person who held onto that shovel broke the law today.
“That’s plain vandalism,” he said.
“If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” said Isaac Richmond with Commission on Religion and Racism. ” Who is the spokesman for the group.
The City Council agreed to move the statue and the remains.
Now state law requires the Tennessee Historical Commission to sign off.
The issue will have to go before the Chancery Court as well.
“We are going to bring the back hoe, the tractors and the men with the equipment to raise Bedford Forrest from the soil of Memphis,” said Richmond.
Below there is a video on the history oh who Nathan Bedford Forrest is.
BY ERYN TAYLOR