'Forrest Park' marker will move from city-owned shed; lawsuit st - Toledo News Now, Breaking News, Weather, Sports, Toledo

'Forrest Park' marker will move from city-owned shed; lawsuit still looms

Posted: Updated:
If the Sons of Confederate Veterans had not made arrangements for the one-ton granite Forrest Park marker to be moved, the city said it would auction it off. If the Sons of Confederate Veterans had not made arrangements for the one-ton granite Forrest Park marker to be moved, the city said it would auction it off.

(WMC-TV) - The Sons of Confederate Veterans have agreed to cooperate with the city of Memphis, but a lawsuit still looms.

If the Sons of Confederate Veterans had not made arrangements for the one-ton granite Forrest Park marker to be moved, the city said it would auction it off.

The deadline was Friday, but the battle is not over.

"It's going to be a big controversy however you look at it because one is going to say, 'Yeah,' and the other, 'no,' " said Memphis resident Kenny Hickman.

That is sort of what has happened with the marker. The city of Memphis received a letter Friday from attorneys for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who now agree to transport the stone from a city-owned shed at Overton Park.

"W have agreed to work with the city to have the Forrest Park stone moved to a site agreeable to us," said Lee Millar with the sons of Confederate Veterans.

The city removed the stone from in front of the park, which includes a statue of Ku Klux KLan Grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Sons of Confederate Veterans had the marker placed there.

The city council also voted to change the name of the park from Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park.

Millar says the group is confident it will prevail in a lawsuit filed to have the stone put back and the name changed back to Forrest Park.

"I'm very confident about our lawsuit. We had approval from the city to put the stone in the park, and they took it out improperly," he said.

The city disagrees.

The court case to determine if the granite stone comes back to the park and the name reverts back to the original Forrest Park is scheduled for the end of April.

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.