Citizens, group file suit over renaming of Confederate-themed parks

Several plaintiffs have filed suit against the renaming of Confederate-themed city parks in Memphis, asserting only the mayor can change park names.

Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Several plaintiffs have filed suit against the renaming of Confederate-themed city parks in Memphis, asserting only the mayor can change park names.

According to The Commercial Appeal, nine individuals and a group calling itself Citizens to Save Our Parks filed the petition Wednesday against the city and members of the Memphis City Council.

On Feb. 5, the council approved a resolution renaming Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park.

They were given generic names, awaiting a committee recommendation. That panel has recommended Civil War Park, Promenade Park and Harbor Park. The council has not acted on the recommendation.

The lawsuit asks Chancery Court to void the renaming of the parks.

City Attorney Herman Morris said Wednesday he had not yet seen the lawsuit.


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