MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some people are calling a religious group vandals and claim they broke the law when they dug up a patch of grass next to a Confederate general’s grave in a Memphis park Wednesday.
Thursday, a man drove hundreds of miles to plant new grass.
“When I saw this last night, my wife couldn’t understand why I was shaking so badly,” Scott Hudson of Lincoln County, Tennessee, said.
He watched WREG’s story on a group who dug up a patch of grass next to Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statue and grave.
The group called the move symbolic, and said they’re standing up to racism while taking the first steps to remove Forrest’s statue and remains from Health Sciences Park.
“I’m going to repair the blatant disregard for this cemetery,” Hudson said.
He was so outraged that he cut a piece of his own lawn, drove five hours and laid the patch down.
“It just upset me to my core, because my great-grandfather R.C. Hudson fought in the Confederate Army,” he said.
Isaac Richmond, who organized the digging demonstration, said Hudson not only wasted gas, but also his time.
“It’s not necessary. I think they are trying to symbolize that we are a bunch of vandals,” he said.
Memphis Police has yet to say whether any laws were broken Wednesday.
Hudson isn’t waiting on police to form his own opinion.
“It was vandalism. There is no question about it,” he said. “It was vandalism, and it was illegal.”