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December 21, 2017

DAILYKENN.com -- If they truly opposed slavery, they would be razing mosques, not monuments to Confederate heroes. 

From wmcactionnews5.com ▼

Confederate statues removed from Memphis parks

City council voted unanimously to immediately remove Confederate statues from both city parks at Wednesday's meeting.

By 11 p.m. Wednesday, both the Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues were removed.

The city sold Health Sciences Park and Memphis Park to nonprofit organization Memphis Greenspace, Inc. for $1,000 each.

Immediately after the parks were purchased, the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis were removed.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that the removal of the statues was all privately funded and completely legal.

For months, the city of Memphis has looked into multiple ways to remove the statues. City leaders explored all legal options and even took their case to the state of Tennessee.

Wednesday night, they decided to use a so-called "legal loophole" that allowed them to remove the statues right away.

City councilman Berlin Boyd has long supported the removal of the statues.

"As we are aware, everyone is passionate. No matter what side of history you may be on, we want to create an environment that is inclusive and available for all Memphians," Boyd said.

At 9:01 p.m., the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue was lifted off of its pedestal. 

Lee Millar from Sons of Confederate Veterans was on WMC Action News 5 to talk about the statues being removed.


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