Union soldiers may be honored in Memphis parks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis City Council committee is recommending allowing monuments in two city parks, honoring black soldiers who fought for the Union Army in the Civil War.

The committee yesterday approved a resolution that would allow a private company to erect the monuments in Army Park and Navy Park, which are across the street from each other.

Association for the Study of Negro Life and History executive director Arthur Webb says there would be a memorial naming all black Union soldiers.

There would also be a museum with computer terminals to help visitors trace their lineage.

Fund-raising for the project will continue through January 2008. The life and history group would then lease the parks for one dollar a year.

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