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story.lead_photo.caption Associated Press/ADRIAN SAINZ In this Aug. 18, 2017, photo, a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest sits in a park in Memphis, Tenn. A city council in Tennessee has voted to sell two city parks where two Confederate statues are located and crews have begun work to remove one of them. The Commercial Appeal reports Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a tweet Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, that the parks were sold and that work underway there complies with state law. The city council unanimously approved the sale Wednesday to a private entity.

MEMPHIS — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's family and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are challenging last month's removal of Confederate statues from Memphis parks.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the petition with the Tennessee Historical Commission claims Memphis and nonprofit Memphis Greenspace Inc. violated multiple state laws.

The city sold the nonprofit two parks for $1,000 each last month. The nonprofit removed statues of Forrest, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and war correspondent and Capt. J. Harvey Mathes.

Sons of Confederate Veterans lawyer Doug Jones said they removed the top of graves of Forrest and his wife. The city said the statues weren't headstones. Markers with their names remain.

City Attorney Bruce McMullen maintains the move was legal.

Another Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter lawsuit seeks to keep the statues from being sold or harmed.

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  • drs01
    January 12, 2018 at 4:35 p.m.

    We've taken this politically motivated crap too damn far. Most of the citizens of Memphis didn't know who Forrest was except that he had a pretty nice park named after him.
    And his statue didn't harm a soul. Maybe some black on black crimes were committed in the shadow of this monument, but little else.
    When will this pity party ever end. Frankly, it's getting to be a real bore.

  • Popsmith
    January 12, 2018 at 4:59 p.m.

    Editing history is pathetic.

  • wildblueyonder
    January 12, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    Good for them. How many times have these statues hurt anyone since they were put up?

    January 12, 2018 at 5:45 p.m.

    We know why those statues were erected in the first whitewash history.

    The bigots will holler, but that's because they know it's true. And if they don't, they're even more ignorant than I'd thought.

  • wildblueyonder
    January 12, 2018 at 8:47 p.m.

    Hooray for the Confederacy, amgoo!

    January 12, 2018 at 10:42 p.m.

    Thanks for hollering, bigot gohogs.

  • FireEyes
    January 15, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

    Amen drs01!!!! Enough is enough. I'm gut sick of the RACISM by the crowd that screams racism....There are other ethnic groups in this nation whose history shows far worse treatment than that of the former slaves: Chinese, Irish, and the Native Americans to name a few. NONE of them have to have an ongoing pity party. As one of Cherokee descent whose great-great grandmother survived both the Trail of Tears AND a massacre, I think the pity party crowd just wants a free ride at the expense of the rest of us. Well no more! Shut up and grow up and stop blaming the rest of the universe for the mess you've gotten yourselves in.