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Memphis renames 3 parks that honored Confederacy

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By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its principal members.

The council passed a resolution Monday night to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park, located in downtown Memphis, and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away.

The council already had been considering changing the name of the park coined after Forrest, a Confederate cavalryman and former slave trader who is recognized as a member of the first incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan.

The council hurriedly passed the resolution after a state House member introduced a bill that prevents parks named after historical military figures from being renamed.

The name changes are opposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some Memphis residents.

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