• City Council discussed delaying vote on ordinance to immediately remove Confederate statues

    By: Jeremy Pierre

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis City Council discussed delaying the vote on an ordinance to immediately remove both the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in Memphis parks.

    It’s been a long fight over the future of the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues in two Memphis Parks.


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    As it stand right now, the removal of the statues are at a standstill.

    Memphis City Council Chairman, Berlin Boyd told FOX13 it’s in the best interest of the city to delay a third reading of an ordinance that would allow the council to explore options to get the statues removed.

    “You probably remember at one point in time they said we would have a court date by December 5th. That date changed, and now they are saying we may have a court date by December 21st,” Boyd said.

    Early December, Memphis City Council Attorney Allan Wade suggested a series of mediation sessions with the Sons of Confederate Soldiers before voting on the ordinance, Tuesday being the deadline to vote.

    “I know we have just a drop dead date on when the council needed to respond and react by. However, it is our goal to make sure that we don’t do anything that could potentially harm our case,” Boyd said.

    Lee Millar of the Sons of Confederate Soldiers told us no mediation has taken place.

    “Once we get our court date and this is heard that they will things in our favor and we’ll be able to remove them in the right fashion and manor,” Boyd said.

    After no mediation between the Memphis City Council and the Sons of Confederate Soldiers, an ordinance to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues is at a standstill.

    “Sometimes you try to abide by the law, but it goes back to you know. We should have oversight and overall authority to do what we want in our city,” Boyd said.

    The fight to remove the statues has been an ongoing battle for several years.

    Boyd said it would have been ideal to have the statues removed during the yearlong remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

    “Trust me it’s my will, my goal and I think the mayor will have to agree with me. It’s all of our goal to have the monuments removed before April 4th,” Boyd said.

    City Council recessed the meeting Tuesday night before getting to the issue of removing the statues. The meeting will resume Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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