City Leaders are asking for public input to rename three municipal parks: Confederate Park on the river, Jefferson Park also downtown, and Forrest Park in the Medical District.
The names, all tied to the confederate war effort were removed earlier this year.
Today, the recently established Parks Renaming Committee met to consider new names for the three parks.
The suggestions were split down racial lines.
The nine member committee went over email, survey, and public hearing suggestions.
Many of the suggestions were to return the original names and most of the white members of the naming committee agreed with those emails.
African-American members of the committee said the majority of these suggestions came from the Sons of the Confederacy nationwide, that their emails had been given out to the membership.
The black members of the committee said the names have already been changed and it would be going backwards to go back.
Some compromise suggestions offered were Civil War Memorial Park, Battle of Memphis Park, and a park name honoring civil war veterans from Memphis both black and white.
The spokesperson here from the sons of the confederacy said they were not interested in anything but the original park names.
Next for the parks is a final meeting where the committee members will vote on park names. Those will be submitted to the City Council, to be discussed and finalized next month.
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