Confederate remembrance group bypasses Memphis

A group that preserves the history and legacy of the Confederacy is skipping Memphis in scheduling its 2016 convention after city parks were renamed.

William McCaskill, 10, left, and his brother Alex McCaskill, 7,of Lugoff, SC, gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter Tuesday, April 12, 2011 for a candlelight sunrise concert to commemorate themoment the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston, S.C. The South Carolina ceremony Tuesday begins the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A group that preserves the history and legacy of the Confederacy is skipping Memphis in scheduling its 2016 convention after city parks were renamed.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the Sons of Confederate Veterans chose the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas, for its convention, partly because of the park renaming issue.

The Memphis City Council changed the names of three parks which were formerly Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park.

Lee Millar, a Memphis spokesman for the sons group, said he met with officials of the international group's planning committee and said the decision was because of what he termed "the misguided attempt to erase Civil War history."


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