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City fights to change park named after Confederate General

Posted at 1:16 PM, Feb 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-07 13:16:38-05

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WTVR) - Members of the Memphis City Council are in a race against the state legislature to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park.

Forrest was a Confederate general in the Civil War and was for a time the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Instead they want to honor someone who unified the two races, Ida B. Wells.

State lawmakers have authored a bill that would make it illegal to change the name of a park if it's named for someone who fought in a war.

Additionally, Forrest is buried in the park.

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