Confederate statues removed after Memphis sells public parks
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Crews removed two Confederate statues from Memphis parks after the city sold them to a private entity.
The City Council had earlier voted unanimously Wednesday to sell two parks where Confederate statues were located and crews began working right away to remove a statue of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. At the second park, a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was later taken down.
The parks were sold to Greenspace Inc. for $1,000 each, The Commercial Appeal reported. Memphis Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen said Greenspace can legally remove the statues, which the city was unable to do.
Live video from Health Sciences Park captured cheers as the statue of Forrest was lifted off its marble base and placed on a flatbed truck late Wednesday.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
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