MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Maintenance projects are underway at Health Sciences Park, but there are still no immediate plans to relocate the graves of a Confederate general and his wife that have been at the center of controversy for years.
Worn out amenities such as park picnic tables and benches are being replaced and new concrete paths have been poured to address longstanding drainage issues in the park, according to Susannah Barton with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative.
The Collaborative now oversees day-to-day management and enhancements of the park. But the property is still owned by Memphis Greenspace, a non-profit quietly created in 2017 to purchase the public park from the City of Memphis and spearhead the removal of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest on horseback.
Years of legal battles ensued between Memphis Greenspace and the Sons of Confederate Veterans over the removal of the statue, which sat atop a giant pedestal near the burial site of Forrest and his wife.
“We don’t have an update on grave removal at this time but will advise at the appropriate time!” Memphis Greenspace President and Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner said in an email Monday.