Coun­cil moves on stat­ues

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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.

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