Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
MDCCCXXI - MDCCCLXVII
Virginia Frazer Boyle
1861 - 1865
Location. 35° 8.351′ N, 90° 2.089′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Union Avenue (U.S. 51) west of Dunlap Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Forrest Park is between Madison & Union Ave. and cross streets of Dunlap & Manassas Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Madison Ave., Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nathan Bedford Forrest III, Airman (within shouting distance of this marker); N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Memphis City Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured Benjamin Franklin Booth (about 800 feet away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
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1. A Confederate General’s Final Stand Divides Memphis. The Memphis City Council is in the process of voting to remove the statue of Forrest from this site where it was placed by private individuals. Forrest and his wife are buried under the statue. The Council has voted to move their remains and re-inter them in their original graves which remain empty. The disposition of the statue has not yet been decided. Forrest was called a brilliant military leader but made his fortune buying and selling humans in his slave trade. Most cannot forgive this and disagree with memorializing him in a public park in a city where more than half of the population are descendants of the people that he bought and sold. (Submitted on July 22, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Nathan Bedford Forrest statue vandalized with ‘Black Lives Matter’ (Submitted on August 19, 2015.)
3. Memphis City Council votes 11-1 to remove Confederate statue from park. (Submitted on August 19, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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