Nathan bedford forrest statue will stay in memphis for now. Forrest park and avalon apartments apartments west. Lee and stonewall jackson as the foremost human symbol of confederate identity. Nathan bedford forrest state park began as a local park constructed by the works progress administration, a depression era work recovery program. The team of leasing professionals will assist you in finding your new place. Apr 20, 2020 forrest gumps boat, jenny was at sea during the hurricane. Located in eastcentral arkansas francis county, forrest city was named after nathan bedford forrest, a civil warera general who managed a railroad construction project in the area after the war. Memphis divided over kkk grand wizards park roadside america. It is now a city owned park that is situated in the scenic beauty of crowleys ridge. Memphis removes two confederate statues smart news. Historians bring differing perspective to park debate. The book is essentially a character study of a brilliant but seriously flawed man. Memphiss novel trick to tear down confederate statues the. Conceptual iconoclasm of the nathan bedford forrest.
The cornerstone for the monument was laid on may 30, 1901 and the monument was d. Historic memphis walking tour this twohour walking tour of memphis explores the citys rich history at a fun and leisurely pace. The civil war era, new york, ballantine books, 1988, paginas 748 en 794. According to the memphis commercial appeal, his greatgreatgrandson said, you cant change history. Dec 21, 2017 a 2010 picture of the statue of nathan bedford forrest, which was removed from health sciences park formerly nathan bedford forrest park in downtown memphis last december. In 2017 the city of memphis, tennessee, removed a statue of forrest from a park once named for him, an event that was among the most. Statue of nathan bedford forrest, forrest park, memphis, tenn. Memphis and the civil war in vintage drawing and photos.
The original book originally only sold 30,000 copies. Although scholars generally respect forrest as a military strategist, he has remained a controversial figure in southern racial history, especially for his role in the massacre of black soldiers at fort pillow and his 18671869 leadership of the ku klux klan. Niehaus, whose work can also be seen at the library of congress. An extensive trail network works to showcase the parks beautiful oakhickory forests, while the serene kentucky lake draws anglers, boaters, and swimmers alike. Craighead forest park opened when the young mens civic club began work on the lake in 1937. A confederate generals final stand divides memphis the. Forrest and his wife are buried in front of the monument, after being moved there from elmwood cemetery in a ceremony on november 11, 1904. Local government is of two minds, according to the newspaper. Nathan bedford forrest, efforts were begun to raise money for a statue to be erected in his memory. Two years ago, a crane arrived at a park in downtown memphis and took. It was formerly installed in forrest park in memphis, tennessee. Title statue of nathan bedford forrest, forrest park, memphis, tenn. Controversial grave of nathan bedford forrest controversial in the sense that the city has at times wanted to get rid of this large downtown tomb, given forrests history as a slave trader and member of the klan. No one is saying we should erase nathan bedford forrest from our history books our understanding of history.
Forrest, forrest, which is a monument of scholarship and a work of great literary charm. Controversial grave of nathan bedford forrest controversial in the sense that the city has at times wanted to get rid of this large downtown tomb, given forrest s history as a slave trader and member of the klan. No one is saying we should erase nathan bedford forrest from our history books. This twohour walking tour of memphis explores the citys rich history at a fun and leisurely pace.
History buffs will not find much reason to object to the book, but they are not its primary audience. Your guide will unfold the citys turbulent history and some of the characters who have made it one of the worlds most unique and colorful places. Nathan bedford forrest has towered over his and his wifes grave at a park in downtown memphis, tenn. Forrest monument association and charles niehaus memphis. The dedication ceremony took place on may 16, 1905 beginning at 2. A confederate generals final stand divides memphis the new. The original forrest park was designed by renowned national landscape architect george kessler, as part of his grand design for memphis parks. They dug up his body and his wifes, 28 years after his death in 1877, and moved them there.
Theres a lot of important history in this event, including the whos who of memphis during this period. And there is also a great deal of additional information about the history of forrest park at the bottom of this page. Nathan bedford forrest state park offers loads of opportunities to explore some of tennessees most scenic woods and waters. He had been dead 28 years before he was dug up in 1905 and buried under a fancy statue. Amazing facts about forrest gump page 20 history a2z. Nathan bedford forrest july, 1821 october 29, 1877 was a confederate army general during the american civil war. Oct 21, 2016 a distant cousin of nathan bedford forrest, who didnt want to provide his name, tries to brush away a black lives matter message from forrest s statue at health sciences park in memphis on aug. Local historic people that you may not have read about in a history book, but they helped to change our history. He sent a copy of his book to the lawyer, and later circuit court judge.
For the statue in nashville, tennessee, see nathan bedford forrest statue. Apr 04, 20 lets save forrest park, confederate park and jefferson davis park in memphis by calvin e. We wrote the book on memphis history from the author of a guide to historic downtown memphis come these fascinating walking tours of the bluff city. A reporter of the memphis avalanche newspaper was sent to cover the event. History conservation of the old forest began in 1901, when overton park was created when the 342 acres 1. Memphis, tn controversial grave of nathan bedford forrest. How memphis outsmarted tennessee to remove its confederate. Excerpt is taken from his latest book built to last. Jan 10, 2018 a distant cousin of nathan bedford forrest, who didnt want to provide his name, tries to brush away a black lives matter message from forrest s statue at health sciences park in memphis on aug. Other books, such as du boses general wheeler and the cavalry of the army of ten nessee, general. Craighead forest park is located at 4910 south culberhouse road in jonesboro arkansas. Meemanshelby forest state park is the best kept secret in the south.
Now, as a tennessee state park, it is home to the tennessee river folklife interpretive center and museum situated on one of the highest points in west tennessee, pilot knob. Village of arlington neighborhood park 5965 armistead street arlington, tn 38002 parks arlington sports complex 17 memphisarlington road arlington, tn 38002 douglas street community park 11777 douglas street arlington, tn 38002 forrest street park 12148 forrest street arlington, tn 38002 hughescollege hill community park 5980 chester street. At forrest park and avalon apartments in west memphis, ar, experience great living. This is a category about a place or building that is listed on the national register of historic places in the united states of america. Devils dream is a meticulously researched novel, but its just thata novel, not a history of forrest or the civil war. Forrest and his wife were reinterred from the forrest family plot at elmwood cemetery to forrest park on november 11, 1904. Nathan bedford forrest chapel hill tennessee, juli 1821 memphis. Make sure you to see the available floorplan options. In 20, memphis renamed forrest park health sciences park.
Petition remove the statue of nathan bedford forrest. Read more about the history of the peabody memphis, as told by historic hotels of america 2014 and 2015 historian of the year stanley turkel. Forrest was the first white man to be invited by this group which was a forerunner of todays civil rights group. In eighth grade, while studying the civil war in history class, lee millar. Youll explore historic cotton row and court square, the lovely and historic heart of 19th century memphis. The man who saved nathan bedford forrest memphis flyer. How memphis transformed its parks named for confederate generals. Its conveniently located between memphis and little rock on interstate 40, which makes it a. Step inside the fascinating annals of the bluff citys history and discover the memphis that only few know. Jan 22, 20 top 10 downtown myths posted by john branston on tue, jan 22, 20 at 5. Forrest himself was also originally buried at elmwood, but in 1904 the remains of forrest and his wife mary were disinterred and moved to a memphis city park originally named forrest park in his honor, that has since been renamed health sciences park. Forrest minutes book front cover the m files dig memphis the. County commissioner walter bailey would look very kindly upon it, but city counsel member jack sammons said we cant rewrite history. Wayne dowdy, longtime archivist for the memphis public library, examines the history and culture of the midsouth during its most important decades.
Dec 28, 2017 protesters attend a rally against the name of nathan bedford forrest park in front of a statue bearing his likeness on aug. Dec 19, 2010 discover the little known and unknown rich heritage of memphis, tn. In forrest park, where the controversial general and his wife are entombed. Forrest park was established in the early 1900s and was another of george kesslers grand designs for memphis parks. Nathan bedford forrest park memphis, tennessee landmark. Forrest, you would enjoy the book the man called gurley steenburn confederate madison county hero, frank gurley, returned from the war and was elected sheriff in november and was promptly arrested by federal troops, with andrew j.
The nathan bedford forrest monument is a bronze sculpture by charles henry niehaus, depicting a mounted general nathan bedford forrest wearing a uniform of the confederate states army. A third downtown park, named after nathan bedford forrest. There is a statue, right now, in health sciences park in downtown memphis, tennessee, my hometown, honoring this despicable man, a racist, slaveowner, slave trader, slaughterer, and. Can we now send nathan bedford forrest back to the cemetery. The center features the life ways and customs of folks on the tennessee. Volunteer extraordinaire becky muska has done it again. The ku klux klan protests as memphis renames a city park. Memphis removes confederate statues from downtown parks.
In 1887, ten years after the death of one of the souths greatest heroes lt. The conservative case for moving forrests bust history. Featuring a transcription and compilation of the records of one of the largest slave dealers in memphis during the middle part of the 1800s, this manuscript is now available in its entirety in the archive. It was formerly installed in forrest park changed to health sciences park in 20 in memphis, tennessee. The 1863 civil war diary of adolphus p pool, newspaper reports from the war of 1812 and the civil war give a better idea of events in history. The city of memphis removed a sign that simply said forrest park from the grounds of the park. Jan 31, 20 volunteer extraordinaire becky muska has done it again. While it suffered a blow, it wasnt thrown to land like other boats and therefore, forrests business started to prosper due to a lack of other competition following the hurricane. The city of memphis changed the name of nathan bedford forest park to health sciences park. Hidden history of memphis tennessee hidden histories. In february 20, forrest park was suddenly renamed by the city government. Schoolfield began canvassing for donations toward this monument fund. Memphis is both a gracious old southern city of riverboats and cotton money, and a rowdy river town of roughnecks, gangsters and gamblers.
Forrests remains are relocated to forrest park from elmwood cemetary, where he requested to be buried alongside his wife and soldiers. Memphis reached a judgment on forrest in december 2017 when, in response to grassroots protests led by progressive activist tami sawyer and a brilliant stratagem by mayor jim strickland, the park on union avenue where forrests statue stood was deeded to memphis greenspace, a nonprofit specifically created for the purpose. Confederate monuments haunt memphis with long history. We have to accept that forrest park is a thorn in the side of a large. Nathan bedford forrest state park tennessee state parks. Removal of nathan bedford forrest statue was massive art heist. Oct, 2017 nathan bedford forrest statue will stay in memphis for now. Jun 28, 2015 the man who saved nathan bedford forrest.
Earlier this month the city council in memphis, tennessee, voted to rename forrest park, a local site named in honor of confederate general nathan bedford forrest. Memphis divided over kkk grand wizards park roadside. He is buried beside the family plot of confederate general nathan bedford forrest. After expertly digitizing the pink palace photograph collection, she set her sights on the the nathan bedford forrest monument association minutes book and cash ledger book, which document the creation of the nathan bedford forrest statue in forrest park. Memphis reached a judgment on forrest in december 2017 when, in response to grassroots protests led by progressive activist tami sawyer and a brilliant stratagem by mayor jim strickland, the park. In 1905, white memphis society scions created the park to be forrest s new resting place. Meemanshelby forest state park millington 2020 all. Orr center for the humanities at the university of memphis, summed it up well. Hooks central library 3030 poplar avenue memphis, tennessee 38111 901. Statue of nathan bedford forrest, forrest park, memphis. Forrests speech during a meeting of the jubilee of pole bearers is a story that needs to be told.
Meemanshelby forest state park millington 2020 all you. Forrest and his wife are buried in front of the monument, after. This is the complete story of the general forrest monument in clippiings, letters, photographs, and articles from the committee who paid for the sculpture and arranged for its transportation to memphis and for its installation in forrest park. With a population of just 15,000, forrest city is often referred to as the jewel of the delta. Apr 16, 2014 this document, created by shirley neely, is an oftrequested resource in the memphis room. This 692 acre park offers many recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy. In steenburns book about gurley, forrest is mentioned 154 times.830 118 1130 409 362 507 1304 1446 700 68 448 100 1095 899 1488 1011 1448 790 458 89 394 995 862 1235 77 75 367 1275 1627 787 1024 1475 1091 1438 1433 665 1439 358 1406