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Citizens to Save Our Parks looks for support for lawsuit

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BARTLETT, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Several people have filed a lawsuit asking the court to step in and stop the City of Memphis from renaming three parks.

The group, called "Citizens to Save Our Parks" is asking for support for its suit.

It's another chapter in the saga over the names of three Memphis Parks.

Slightly more than 30 people showed up at an informational meeting Wednesday night at the Bartlett Public Library to talk about the issue.

Many of them have been speaking out against the name changes. The suit alleges the city council had no authority to change the names of the parks.

The three parks are Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park.

In February, the council voted to change the names to Health Sciences Park, Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park. Councilmembers moved quickly to pass that resolution because the State Legislature was moving on a proposal to prohibit the renaming of parks with Civil War ties.

 The plaintiffs in the lawsuit say this is their only course of action. "I don't think the city council had a right to change the names the parks were named after historical events and it's important to our history it's important to Memphis," said plaintiff Harry Adams.

A committee formed by the city council recommended compromise names for the parks, but the council hasn't acted on those recommendations.

People at Wednesday's meeting say this is about history, but people who support changing the name say the city shouldn't be celebrating this chapter of history.

City Attorney Herman Morris says the city has received the suit and will vigorously defend the city and its interests.


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