City responds to Confederate parks lawsuit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Memphis is refuting a lawsuit that claims the City Council acted illegally when it renamed three Confederate-themed parks.

Lawyers for the council filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in Shelby County Chancery Court on June 24.

In the motion, obtained late Thursday by The Associated Press, the city claims that 10 county residents and a citizens group have no standing to sue the council and challenge the renaming of the parks.

The lawsuit filed May 29 seeks to nullify a resolution passed by the council in February that changed the names of Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park. Forrest Park is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate cavalryman who also was a member of the early Ku Klux Klan.


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