Public meeting held to discuss renaming of city parks - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Public meeting held to discuss renaming of city parks

(WMC-TV) - The battle over the confederate parks renamed in Memphis continued Wednesday with a public meeting in Bartlett.

Who says you cannot fight city hall? The group Citizens to Save Our Parks, Incorporated is doing just that.  The group filed a lawsuit last week and is now holding a public meeting at the Bartlett Public Library.

Of course, at issue is a Memphis City Council decision to rename three parks: Forrest, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate Parks.

Critics say it erases history, regardless of how offensive some consider those names.

The citizens' group claims in its lawsuit that the city's own charter prevents the council from making such decisions.

"So any of the resolutions or ordinances they're considering, according to their own charter, makes these decisions, resolutions null and void," said Mark Buchanan, Citizens to Save Our Parks.

Obviously, the folks at Memphis City Hall have different opinions.

Memphis City Attorney Herman Morris sent Action News 5 a statement that read, "We don't discuss the defense of lawsuits filed against the city outside of court other than to say we will vigorously defend the City of Memphis and its interest."

The group fighting city hall hopes more people will join the battle so they can continue to pay legal fees.

So far, they claim they have received contributions from as far away as Sweden.

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