Memphis, Tenn., Votes to Exhume Body of Confederate General

Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest

City leaders unanimously voted on Tuesday night to exhume the bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader and his wife who are buried in the city’s Health Sciences Park, and move them to a private cemetery.

They also voted to remove the statue of General Forrest astride his horse.

The graves cannot be disturbed unless it is approved by a Tennessee court and by the Tennessee Historical Commission, and neither may be in agreement with city leaders, who seem to be reacting in knee-jerk fashion as usual.