Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
MDCCCXXI - MDCCCLXVII
Virginia Frazer Boyle
1861 - 1865
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 35° 8.351′ N, 90° 2.089′ W. Marker was in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker was 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 was 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 location. 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 Benjamin Franklin Booth (about 800 feet away); Campbell Clinic (about 800 feet away); Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowenstein Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Russwood Park (approx. ¼ mile 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 Joins the Klan (Submitted on August 25, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
3. The Ft. Pillow Massacre. (Submitted on August 25, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
1. Forrest statue finally removed.
After many months of legal wrangling — including passing new city ordinances to skirt Tennessee law — this General Nathan Bedford Forrest statue was removed the night of December 20th, 2017. The city of Memphis sold the popular park, where the statue was located, for $1,000 (way below market value) to a non-profit. The non-profit is headed by a local county commissioner and the statue has been removed to unknown location.
A Davidson County Chancellor barred the nonprofit from selling, giving away or moving the statue pending a lawsuit over the statues' removal.
— Submitted April 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 937 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. 8, 9. submitted on January 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. 10. submitted on April 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.