The Shrine, The Park and Other Things

In my Internet travels, I came across this blog post from the Washington Post.

If nothing else, it shows that we are not the only community that has debates, discussions and controversies about monuments to history.

The blog post is about the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo which was ordered built by the Japanese Emperor in 1869. That is about the time Nathan Bedford Forrest’s post Civil War life was unfolding here in Memphis. And like the earlier parts of his life, it would be just as controversial as his past as a slave trader and a Confederate Army General.

screen shot from Washington Post blog

That said, the ad hoc Parks Committee put together by the city council for recommendations on what to call Forrest, Confederate and Jefferson Davis Parks will hold its next meeting April 29 at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

 

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