A Memphis City council panel held a public forum Monday to discuss the recent renaming of three Confederate-themed city parks and asked to suggest new names for them.
But few people at the hearing offered ideas. Most in attendance offered their support or their opposition to changing the names of the three parks.
"Our history is just as valuable and as important as your history."
"I've heard again and again about your history. It's our collective history."
"Our parks not only need to be a place where our kids can play but they need to be a place where our kids can learn and you don't learn if you erase history."
"The Memphis branch of the NAACP oppose any public monument that seeks to honor a particular person or group who fought or acted against the United States of America."
The committee chairs want to have new names for the parks by the end of the month.
The final decision on the names rests with the city council.