TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 26, 2017
The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson has upheld a 2013 decision by the city of Memphis to rename three parks that were named for the Confederacy, the Memphis Flyer reports. Forrest Park, named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park all were renamed in 2013, but the Sons of the Confederate Veterans filed a lawsuit to challenge the Memphis City Council’s authority to do so. A lower court dismissed the motion in 2016. On Wednesday, the state court maintained that the Memphis City Charter allows the council to pass resolutions and ordinances affecting the administration of parks. The decision comes as Memphis is also pursuing legal options to remove two Confederate statues from downtown parks.