The Memphis council of hate earlier voted to dig up the Confederate war hero and move his body elsewhere.
The council, however, was apparently blinded by its hate and hysteria to legal complications.
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Interestingly, all of this is in juxtaposition to a Tennessee law passed in 1971 which declares the governor has a “duty” to annually proclaim six official “days of special observance” honoring legislatively-chosen historical figures on their birthdays. For General Nathan Bedford Forrest, that day is July 12 each year.
Turning back to Memphis City Council’s vote, there are several problems with this effort.
First, the family of Forrest must agree to the exhumation.
At this writing, they are opposed to his removal and reburial. Originally buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Forrest’s remains were moved to the downtown site in 1905 to coincide with the building of the statute, according to several media reports. Elmwood Cemetery has agreed to take back the remains, but it won’t take the statue.
Second, the council must pass the state’s Historical Commission, which has to approve the removal of the statue from Health Sciences Park.
However, this is the same commission which is considering the removal of a four foot bust of the general in the state capital. So it remains to be seen whether this is a major hurdle given the penchant for political correctness sweeping the nation.
Third, the grave is not under the city’s control and requires a court order.
That will take some time, but the resolution gives the city council time to research exactly what needs to be done, how much it will cost as well as the process and procedures.
In any event, the ordinance requires three readings and could be approved no sooner than August 4. However, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Forrest’s descendants will fight the ordinance and the resolution to the very end. So, after all the flags are taken down, the statues removed and graves exhumed, Memphis must still deal with the current day’s problems of poverty, crime and debt.
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