Memphis, Tennessee: Controversial Grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest

Controversial in the sense that the city has at times wanted to get rid of this large downtown tomb, given Forrest's history as a slave trader and as a member of the Klan. He had been dead 28 years before he was dug up in 1905 and buried under this fancy statue.

Forrest Park

Address:
Union Ave., Memphis, TN
Directions:
Downtown. I-240 exit 30 onto either Union or Madison Aves, then drive west five blocks to Forrest Park. The statue and grave are on the south side, facing Union Ave.
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Memphis Divided Over KKK Grand Wizard's Park

Where will the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, find his final rest? His body, as well as that of his wife, is currently buried in Memphis, TN's Forrest Park. But if potstirrers have their way, the bodies will soon be exhumed and moved to Elmwood Cemetery, while the park will be renamed.... [08/01/2005] Complete News Story

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