Council moves on statues
Chafing at delays caused by the state’s strict historical preservation laws, Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday to lay the groundwork to immediately remove or hide the city’s Confederate monuments, and Gov. Bill Haslam announced his support of the city’s campaign.
City Attorney Bruce McMullen said Haslam’s endorsement Tuesday will “almost definitely help” the city’s chances of receiving waivers from the Tennessee Historical Commission to remove the statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and President Jefferson Davis from public parks in Downtown.
The city is asking for a vote on the Forrest waiver at the commission’s next meeting Oct. 13. The governor-appointed commissioners denied the city’s application once before, but the vote was overturned on a technicality.