Crowd shows its favor of Confederate names - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crowd shows its favor of Confederate names

There was no itinerary, no guest speakers and the crowd of pro-park activists never exceeded more than a hundred people. But Clint Lacy says it was worth the three hour trip from Marble Hill, Missouri.

"I wanted to come down and do my part and try to help protect this heritage," said Clint Lacy a Southern heritage activist. "You have a rich heritage in Memphis and I think there's probably room for everybody's history here."

Lacy, who has Confederate ancestors, is against the renaming of any Confederate park because he wants his 9-year-old daughter Alexandria and 5-year-old son Jordan to know their history.

"I'm raising them to know the real story, Alexandria can tell you every flag of the confederacy," said Lacy.

Lacy classified the rally at Nathan Bedford Forrest Park as grave desecration. The Confederate general and his wife are buried in a tomb beneath his monument. Just a few feet from where the Reverend Al Sharpton made his speech Saturday.

"You know whatever message Sharpton is trying to convey he can do it from the other side of town and we can do it here," said Lacy.

And though pro-park representation was minimal, activists were encouraged that only a few hundred people turned out for Sharpton's speech.

"The man is a lightening rod for violence and controversy and I don't think people want any part of it and I really don't think Al Sharpton cares what happens in Memphis as much as he cares what happens to Al Sharpton," said Lacy.

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