Council Votes to Rename Parks Despite Pending Bill

The Memphis City Council this week voted to rename three Civil War-themed parks in the city, despite a bill pending in the state legislature that supports the current designations. The Memphis Daily News reports that the council approved new names for the Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park. Meanwhile, state Rep. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads, and state Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, are pushing the Tennessee Heritage Preservation Act, which would forbid changing the name of any park in the state named in honor of a military veteran or commemorating a war. Their legislation also would forbid removing statues, markers and other items from parks. The council's action provided temporary names for the parks. As early as next month, it could approve permanent names.