MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WTVR) – Members of the Memphis City Council are in a race against the state legislature to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park.
Forrest was a Confederate general in the Civil War and was for a time the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Instead they want to honor someone who unified the two races, Ida B. Wells.
State lawmakers have authored a bill that would make it illegal to change the name of a park if it’s named for someone who fought in a war.
Additionally, Forrest is buried in the park.