Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Memphis strips Confederate names from parks; can a David O. Dodd Protection Act be far behind?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

NAME STRIPPED: Nathan Bedfor Forrests grave would remain in a Memphis park, but the park is to be stripped of the Civil War generals name.
  • NAME STRIPPED: Nathan Bedfor Forrest's grave would remain in a Memphis park, but the park is to be stripped of the Civil War general's name.
A story from Tennessee seems absolutely ripe for copycat work from Arkansas Republicans.

A bill filed in the Tennessee legislature prohibits the renaming or removal of any monuments or memorials or plaques related to any war. The idea, apparently, is to prohibit any tampering with Civil War icons.

The Memphis City Council has jumped out ahead of the lawmakers, the Memphis Flyer reports.

Galvanized into action by a bill filed in the Tennessee General Assembly but not yet acted upon, the City Council voted Tuesday to change the names of three downtown city parks that had been named in honor of the old Confederacy or for Confederate figures.

By a vote of 9 ayes against 3 abstentions, the Council changed the name of Forrest Park (which is managed by UTCHS) to Health Sciences Park; Confederate Park to Memphis Park; and Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park.

The potential threat to local autonomy from the state capital fired up Memphis politicians.

Councilman Shea Flinn referred to it as "the ironic war of aggression from our northern neighbor in Nashville," and Council member Janis Fullilove, who pointedly noted the Republican sponsorship of the bill, called it a "snake" needing its "head cut off." Councilman Harold Collins said, "I don't care if the name is Nathan Bedford Forrest. He's a dead man. We need to be focused on the living....but we will never let the legislature in Nashville control what we in Memphis will do for ourselves."

I don't think David O. Dodd school or other tributes to the boy martyr, not to mention numerous other Civil War monuments are at risk of de-Doddification in Arkansas, even if Gen. Griffin Smith (CSA-hon.) has retired from the battlefield. But you can't be too careful. Sen. Rapert, here's another tub for you to thump.

Tags: , , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • News roundup and the open line

    The open line and video headline roundup. Also, a marijuana measure for 2016 has already been rejected by the attorney general. They'll be back.
    • Jul 21, 2014
  • Lawyer says statewide alcohol petitions invalid

    A lawyer has said petitions submitted for a statewide vote on retail alcohol sales in all 75 counties were submitted to late under the Arkansas Constitution and cannot be certified.
    • Jul 21, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore gives fiery talk at Clinton Presidential Library

    Former Vice-president Al Gore gave a talk discussing his new book this evening at an invitation-only event at the Clinton Presidential Library, with students of the Clinton School of Public Service and a who’s who of local politcos in attendance, including David Pryor, Dale Bumpers, and Mack McLarty.
    • Feb 18, 2013
  • Lawyer offers free help to gay couple seeking Arkansas marriage license

    A ripple passed through the small but vibrant and growing community that supports marriage equality in Arkansas.
    • Jun 29, 2013
  • New Little Rock superintendent rebukes teacher union president

    I haven't heard back from Dr. Dexter Suggs, the new Little Rock school superintendent, on some questions about an e-mail he sent recently to Cathy Koehler, the president of the Little Rock Education Association, which is the union for classroom teachers in the Little Rock School District.
    • Jul 28, 2013

People who saved…

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31  
  • Re: News roundup and the open line

    • The Darlenes wrapped up a wine-taster celebration of the President's executive order prohibiting LGBT discrimination,…

    • on July 22, 2014
  • Re: News roundup and the open line

    • NVR, in Chickenopolis I come across people fitting the description regularly. Sad.

    • on July 22, 2014
  • Re: News roundup and the open line

    • I missed it if someone posted this recently. Well worth the read I was poor,…

    • on July 21, 2014

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation