Sons of Confederate Veterans Left Off Park Name Committee

February 19, 2013
by George Brown
(Memphis) Six men have been named to a committee that will help decide the names of three parks in Memphis.

Earlier this month, the Memphis City Council voted to change the names of three parks and form a seven member committee to review the names.

Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park are now the Health Sciences Park, Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park, respectively.

The naming committee is made up of a cross-section of people,  most notably missing are any representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Members of the committee are:

Council members Bill Boyd and Harold Collins, Co-chairmen

Reverend Keith Norman, Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Broad, current president of the NAACP

Jimmy Ogle, current president of the Shelby County Historical Commission

Larry Smith, Deputy Director of Parks & Neighborhoods for the City of Memphis

Michael Robinson, Chairman of African & African American Studies, LeMoyne Owen College

Dr. Douglas Cupples, longtime professor, Department of History, University of Memphis

In a news release, Boyd said, “This is a good representative assembly of Memphians who are capable of providing a reasonable solution for recommendation to the Memphis City Council.”

Just yesterday, Reverend Norman told News Channel 3 he thinks the park names should have be left alone.

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