News and Music Discovery
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
We’re having some technical issues with WKMD 90.9 FM in Madisonville. The signal is currently at low power and we’re working to get back up fully. Thanks for your patience.

Forrest Family Alleges Grave Desecration In Tennessee Suit

800px-Forrest_Park_Memphis_TN_16_0.jpg
Thomas R Machnitzki
/
Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)

Descendants of Nathan Bedford Forrest are claiming that the graves of the Confederate general and his wife were desecrated when a statue of him that rested above the burial site was removed from a Tennessee park last year.

Forrest's great-great-grandsons sued Memphis on Monday. They are seeking damages and possession of the statue, which was taken down in December 2017. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by selling the park to a private nonprofit, which then removed the monuments.

Forrest and his wife are buried at the park. The lawsuit seeks a judge's order allowing their disinterment and reburial at a location chosen by the Forrest family.

The city of Memphis has not responded to a request for comment.

Related Content