Memphis removes 2 Confederate statues from downtown parks

Two controversial Confederate statues were removed Wednesday from Memphis public parks. City Council members unanimously voted on Wednesday to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on...

Two controversial Confederate statues were removed Wednesday from Memphis public parks.

City Council members unanimously voted on Wednesday to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on his horse, and a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The statues will be sold to a non profit group.

On Thursday, Republican state lawmakers called for an investigation into the city of Memphis’ actions to rule over Tennessee law.”It’s really going down in history that this is the night they are going to take the statues down,” council member Janis Fullilove said while watching the Forrest monument be dismantled. “It’s a historic moment.”

As of 2010, the most recent data available, almost two-thirds of Memphis population was black, the sixth highest percentage of U.S. cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Memphis also ranks sixth nationwide in sheer numbers of black residents with more than 400,000. In contrast, the percentage of blacks in all of Tennessee as of 2010 was 17.4%; almost 2 of every 5 black residents of the state live in Memphis.

Sources: Erika Walton, USAtoday.com

Photo Credits: CNBS.com

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