Nathan Bedford Forrest, Race, and Memory in Memphis

Over at the Atlantic I share some thoughts about the recent controversy in Memphis surrounding the renaming of Forrest Park.  I hope the essay at least provides a bit of historical context to this issue.  Once again, thanks to Court Carney for making my job much easier.  Tennessee’s state legislature finally passed a measure making…

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Snubbed in Memphis

Today it is being reported that a committee has been organized to determine the new name of Forrest Park and two other parks named in honor of the Confederacy in Memphis, Tennessee. Members of the committee include: Council members Bill Boyd and Harold Collins, Co-chairmen Reverend Keith Norman, Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Broad, current…

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Walking Through Richmond in 1993

Those of you living in the Richmond area will find this documentary to be particularly interesting.  In 1993 the city organized Healing the Heart of America, which among other things included a walk through Richmond in an attempt to address lingering tensions over slavery, race, and history.  Some of the interviews are quite interesting.  You…

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