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.