Court backs Memphis in renaming area parks
Confederate names were changed in 2013
The Sons of Confederate Veterans suffered another legal loss Wednesday in its efforts to reverse the renaming of three parks in Downtown Memphis.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, affirming a February ruling by the Shelby County Chancery Court, found that the city had the authority in 2013 to rename Forrest Park as Health Sciences Park, Confederate Park as Memphis Park, and Jefferson Davis Park as Mississippi River Park. Memphis Park is now known as Fourth Bluff Park.
Lee Millar, a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp No. 215, said the group is still digesting the 18-page ruling it received Wednesday and has yet to decide whether to appeal the court’s decision to the state Supreme Court.
“They’ve been known for their history and historic naming for decades and decades,” Millar said of the parks. “They shouldn’t be frivolously re-