Forrest family alleges grave desecration in Tennessee suit

Mail Online | 12/19/2018 | Associated Press
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Descendants of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest are claiming that the graves of the former Ku Klux Klan leader and his wife were desecrated when a statue of him was removed from their burial site at a Tennessee park.

Forrest's great-great-grandsons sued the city of Memphis on Monday for $30 million.

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They seek damages and possession of the statue, which was removed from a city park in 2017.

City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by selling the park to a private nonprofit, which removed the monuments.

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The lawsuit seeks a judge's order allowing the disinterment of the couple's remains and their reburial at a location chosen by the Forrest family.

The city said its actions were lawful and it will defend itself in court.

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Relatives of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest are demanding $30 million from the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and a nonprofit to move his remains from a park and settle a lawsuit over the takedown of a statue of the former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Forrest's family members and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are suing the city and Memphis Greenspace Inc. over the equestrian statue's removal from Health Sciences Park last December.

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Memphis used a loophole in a Tennessee historical preservation law by selling the public park for $1,000 to Greenspace, a private nonprofit.

Greenspace then removed the monument under the cover of night and has stored it in an undisclosed location.

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However, the remains of Forrest and his wife are still buried at the park and the family and the veterans group want the statue returned to the park.

Forrest's relatives believe it would cost $5.6 million to remove, transport and re-bury the remains.

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They're seeking another $25 million to take possession of the statue and settle the lawsuit, which is under appeal. The...
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