Memphis Removes Bedford and Davis from City Parks

Memphis Tennessee has written a new page into the U.S. history books this week by finding and successfully carrying out a legal way to remove two prominent confederate statues from two separate city parks after being denied by state government on every previous attempt. Back in October the Tennessee Historical Commission turned down the city’s application to remove the statue of Nathan Bedford Forest from Health Sciences Park, despite that two years prior (amidst the wide-spread confederate flag fiasco in the U.S.) the city council voted to have the graves (of Bedford and his wife) moved back to their original locations (Elmwood Cemetery). Bedford was not only a powerful Confederate General during the American Civil War but also acted as a slave trader and later on ended up becoming the very first Grand Wizard of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).
The Second statue that was removed wednesday the 20th was none other than that of Jefferson Davis (The one and only Confederate President). An additional smaller statue was attempted to be removed along with the Davis piece from the easement on Fourth Bluff Park. Cranes were brought in a couple of hours after sundown and the statues were rather quickly taken down and loaded onto the backs of trucks to be stored somewhere nearby until further deliberations on what should be done with them takes place.
How did the city find a way to make this all legal and possible? In the end it was pretty simple; after being blocked by miles of red tape from the Tennessee state government the proposition arose to sell the two parks to a non-government third party, a non-profit organization by the name of Greenspace Inc., for the extremely low price of one thousand dollars per property. Once the city council approved, and the Mayor signed off on the paperwork, the deal was done and the actions were made 100% legal.