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Controversial marker could be put up for auction soon

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have until Friday to let the city know if the group wants the stone. If not, the marker will be put up for auction. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have until Friday to let the city know if the group wants the stone. If not, the marker will be put up for auction.

(WMC-TV) - It is not quite the spoils of war, but it is more than a ton. A $10,000 granite stone is at the center of a battle between the City of Memphis and the Sons of Confederate Veterans who paid for it and put it in what was Forrest Park, now named Health Sciences Park.

The city sent a letter to a Nashville attorney representing the Sons of Confederate Veterans giving them a few days to get the stone.

"We don't want it. We don't want to maintain it. We don't want to protect it. We don't want to insure it. We want to give it back," said Memphis City Attorney Allan Wade.

The stone is being stored in a city storage building and Lee Millar of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says he visits the stone once a week to see if it is being cared for, which he says it is.

"I'm not sure what the reasoning behind this is because the Forrest Park stone belongs in Forrest Park," said Millar.

Attorney Allan Wade says it has to go because the maintenance building is being torn down. The Sons of Confederate Veterans has sued the city for taking the marker and for renaming the park; both sides are at a standoff.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have until Friday to let the city know if the group wants the stone. If not, the marker will be put up for auction.

The attorney for the Sons of Confederate Veterans did not return a call for comment.

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