MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Support to remove Confederate statues in Memphis appears to be growing in the wake of the deadly white supremacy rally in Virginia.
Leaders representing Memphis and the Mid-South at the local, state, and national levels voiced their support of removing Confederate statues. Although, not all Mid-South representatives have made public statements about the movement.
"We have some pretty dark moments within our nation's history particularly surrounding slavery and the U.S. Civil War," State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) said. "I don't think it's appropriate to celebrate with a monument in a public park, where we want it to feel open for everyone."
Akbari said she and other state representatives are working with local government members to come up with a way to move the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue from Health Sciences Park.
The newly invigorated push to move the statue comes after the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) denied the statue's removal in 2016.
Since the statue is on the historical registry and Forrest's remains are under the monument, THC must approve waivers for the removal of the monument.
THC issued a statement in an attempt to clarify its position. You can read the full statement below:
City of Memphis said it would not cost any money to take the statue down; it would cost a "minimal" amount of money if the statue is stored some place. However, if the case goes to court, it would cost the city at least $20,000.