Memphis City Council's park naming committee recommended to rename three of its municipal parks that had ties to the Confederate War effort.
The parks committee suggested to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, located in the Medical District, to the Civil War Memorial Park. The committee also decided to leave the Forrest statue and the bodies of he and his wife remain at the park.
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Confederate Park, located on the Mississippi River, was suggested to be renamed Promenade Park and Jefferson Davis Park, located downtown on Front and Jefferson, was also suggested to be renamed Harbor Park.
An effort to rename Jefferson Davis Park after Civil Rights icon Maxine Smith, who died Friday at the age of 83, failed. Some committee members feel the move to rename the park in Ms. Smith's honor is to haste.
Councilman Harold Collins said he supports naming something more significant after Ms. Smith at a later date.
The three Confederate War-themed parks names were changed in February by the city council. There was a move to restore the parks names to the their original Civil War-era names but the measure failed.
Most of the nine committee members were happy with the recommendations after meeting for the final time.
The committee's recommendations will be submitted to the Memphis City Council.
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