MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Confederate monuments (and what they stand for) have become the topic of conversation throughout the United States for years, but the discussions intensified with the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia following a white nationalist rally in protest of the town's request to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee.
Many supporters of Confederate monuments say they are part of the south's history and culture -- a way to show respect to the men who fought and died in what some see as a valiant, but doomed, effort to protect the genteel southern way of life.
Others see those monuments as a sign of white superiority.
Many of the monuments went up around 1890 through the 1900s. Here's what New World Encyclopedia wrote about the political and racial climate in southern states at that time:
Another site, History.com, wrote this about Confederate monuments that were created and installed during those turbulent times:
In 1899, the park at South Manassas Street and Union Avenue was renamed Bedford Forrest Park in honor of Memphis native and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
In 1904, his remains were moved from Elmwood Cemetery--where he requested to be buried with his wife and soldiers--and moved to what is now known as Health Sciences Park. In 1905, the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest was installed over his grave.
The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was installed in what was then Confederate Park in 1964. That downtown park is now named Memphis Park.