Proposal would add rights advocate's name to park

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

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