THC delays hearing to remove Confederate monument from Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Historical Commission has told the City of Memphis that the petition to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue will not be heard at the October 13 meeting.

In that letter, the commission said due to rules, the earliest Memphis' petition can be heard is at the February 2018 meeting.

Mayor Jim Strickland says he still plans to attend the October 13 meeting in Athens, Tennessee, to petition the commissioners in person and released the following statement:

"Today, we've learned that the administration of the Tennessee Historical Commission has unilaterally decided to delay consideration of our petition to move the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest for at least another four months.

Several of the Tennessee Historical Commission members are from Memphis, and there are local politicians who voted for the state law keeping them from coming down.

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