Sons of Confederate Veterans Press release on Memphis
July 23, 2005
International Sons of Confederate Veterans
Columbia, Tennessee


The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, at their annual convention held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, by unanimous resolution of nearly 1000 delegates, have approved an emergency donation of $10,000 to be used to combat efforts to rename the Confederate parks in Memphis, Tennessee, and to assist the Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #215 of Memphis in defense of the Confederate parks.

The $10,000 represents the first installment of cash from the national organization to the Forrest Camp, is unfettered, and will be used for any and all defense purposes including litigation. Commander-in-Chief Denne Sweeney of Dallas, Texas, stated “this outrageous affront to our Southern heritage will be met with every financial and legal means available to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The park renamings and monument removals are tantamount to an ethnic cleansing.”

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a 35,000 member national organization headquartered in Columbia, Tennessee, and is dedicated to accurate history and the protection of the good name of the Confederate soldier. Great Southern historical figures such as Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis are sacred to not only our membership but to millions of Americans who will object on a large scale should any further attempt be made by the Memphis City Council to revise history and vilify Confederate leaders.

Anyone desiring information concerning this press release should contact Brag Bowling at 804.389.3620.

Brag Bowling
National Press Officer
Sons of Confederate Veterans