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Court of appeals sides with city over Confederate statue removal

The Memphis City Council renamed Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and two other confederate-themed...
The Memphis City Council renamed Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and two other confederate-themed parks after protests from supporters of the existing names and from those who found them offensive.
Updated: Jun. 5, 2019 at 5:34 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled the city of Memphis taking down Confederate statues as legal.

The court said because the city sold the parks where the statues stood to a non-profit entity, the Heritage Protection Act was no longer applicable on private property.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the city for removing the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis, arguing that the Heritage Protection Act was violated.

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