by Katie Grunik, WZTV
Wednesday, December 20th 2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Memphis City Council voted to remove two Confederate statues after transferring ownership of the parks on Wednesday night.
According to Fox 13 in Memphis, the city council voted unanimously to remove the statues immediately. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he approved the sale of both Health Sciences Park and Memphis Park in order to allow the removal of the statues.
Heavy police presence at the Jefferson Davis statue in Downtown Memphis after a move by city council and @MayorMemphis to give the property these statues sit away to a non profit. https://t.co/GQMNsGYeQb
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According to Fox 13, more than 30 police squad cars were seen at Tiger lane, an area not too far from the Health Sciences Park where the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue is located. The police cars later surrounded the park completely.
The Jefferson Davis statue and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues have been at the center of controversy for most of the year. The Tennessee Historical Commission denied the city’s request to remove the statues in October.
Memphis city officials filed a petition for a judge to review that decision in December.