Supporters celebrate Nathan Bedford Forrest birthday

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds of people from the Mid-South celebrated the life of Nathan Bedford Forrest at Health and Sciences Park Sunday afternoon. The event included guest speakers, a flag parade, proclamations, music, a wreath laying, and a 21-gun musket salute. With all of the controversy surrounding the suggested removal of the Forrest memorial statue and the Confederate flag, organizers asked supporters to bring their Confederate flags to the celebration. Forrest was born July 13, 1821. In early June Governor Bill Haslam signed an annual proclamation honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest on Monday, July 13. The Memphis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to remove the remains of Forrest and his wife, as well as remove the statue. The removal of the statue has been proposed as an ordinance before the council which will have to be read before the council three times before it can be approved. From there it will be presented to the Tennessee Historic Commission but there is no timeline for when they will make a decision. The next time the commission is scheduled to meet is in October. Officials with Elmwood Cemetery said they would be willing to help with the moving of Forrest’s and his wife’s remains to the cemetery in Memphis but said they did not want to become the new home of the statue. As of now it is unknown where the statue would go if the commission approves the removal.
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