Forget removing the Confederate battle flag from public display, or pulling “Dukes of Hazzard” from TV Land. The city council of Memphis, Tennessee voted Tuesday to remove the remains of Confederate lieutenant general Nathan Bedford Forrest from his current resting place under a statue in the city.
The grave site has long been controversial given Forrest’s background as a slave trader and member of the Klu Klux Klan. As confirmed by Councilman Myron Lowery in the above local news clip, the resolution was motivated by escalating concern surrounding Confederate imagery following the shooting deaths of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church.
The resolution does not trigger the actual removal. The question must still be reviewed by other authorities.