MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis City Council member says he wants to honor a local civil rights champion by adding her name to Forrest Park.
The park is the gravesite of Confederate cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest and features an equestrian statue of him. A city official recently had a granite marker bearing the park name removed, saying it had not been approved by the city.
The Commercial Appeal reported Myron Lowery said he would introduce a measure at Tuesday's Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting to add the name of Ida B. Wells at Forrest Park. Wells was the co-owner and editor of an anti-segregationist newspaper in the early 1880s and was a voice for women's rights.
Lowery said he isn't trying to change history, but wants to balance history