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Several groups interested in owning Forrest statue

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After the Memphis City council voted to move the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the future of the statue in Health Sciences Park is uncertain.

Several groups have offered to give the monument a new home.

"The bronze itself is worth a lot of money and I would certainly be hesitant in giving it away,” said Memphis CAO Jack Sammons.

Sammons said several groups have approached him about the statue. Some want the city to give it to them, and others want to buy it.

"I've been told to replicate that statue would be north of $5 million,” Sammons said.

Sammons said the statue is over 100 years old and was made by a great artist.

Lee Millar of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said his group is one of the several interested in buying it.

In an e-mail sent to the city, Kent Collier of the Savannah City Commission said Savannah, Tennessee, would be happy to assume any cost associated to relocate the statue to their city, where they would place it near the Shiloh battlefield.

However, Sammons said before anyone can buy the statue, Forrest’s family would have to sign off on it. He also said that moving the statue must also involve the courts.

"There's a process,” he said. “There's state law that we've got to adhere by and we are going to absolutely follow all the appropriate ordinances from the state."

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