Controversial Renaming of Memphis Parks Moves Ahead

Apr 30, 2013


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A special committee formed to suggest new names for three Memphis city parks mired in controversy has made a recommendation to the City Council.

The committee yesterday proposed new identities for parks that were formerly named in honor of the Confederacy.

If the full council adopts the recommendation, the former Forrest Park would become Civil War Memorial Park. The graves of Confederate cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife would remain in the park as would an equestrian statue of Forrest. The committee wants the former Confederate Park to become Promenade Park and the park that was formerly Jefferson Davis Park would become Harbor Park.

The Commercial Appeal reports the council will make a final decision, but a date for that vote has not been set.