Supporters gather in Memphis to celebrate Nathan Bedford Forrest Day


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Supporters of Nathan Bedford Forrest gathered Saturday in Health Sciences Park to celebrate the confederate leader’s birthday.

On Friday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation declaring July 13 "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."

Confederate flags flew high in the air while support for the Forrest supporters celebrated the confederate general’s birthday.

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“We all have as American citizens have a God-given right to First Amendment, and that is basically what that is expressing – our First Amendment right. Expressing our love for southern heritage,” K’rack Johnson said.

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While supporters of confederate history celebrated in the front of the park, Memphis police overlooked in the back making sure everything remained peaceful.

A group of counter protestors also made their presence known in the park.

There were no incidents that broke out between the two groups.