They are coming to change Forrest Park
Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
1064 West Mill Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 770 428 0978
Some people are pushing to change the
history of Memphis, Tennessee.
The cities park's; Forrest, Confederate and Jefferson
Davis, have, all of a sudden, become a embarrassment to a few
and the majority, who appreciate their God given American
Heritage, are being ignored. The so- called people of
"Diversity" seem to want to erase the wonderful memories that
we "as a family" cherish.
Union General William T. Sherman said of Confederate
General Nathan Bedford Forrest, "After all, I think Forrest
was the most remarkable man our "Civil War" produced on either
side. This is quite a statement from a man who was once a foe
of Forrest's on the field of Battle.
It is written that General Nathan Bedford Forrest
,nicknamed, "Wizard of the Saddle" never lost a battle. One
Hundred twenty eight years after his death, he may lose his
first in Memphis, Tennessee. There are people who also want
Forrest Park renamed, removed or just given away. Some people
even advocate the removing of the graves of Forrest and his
wife Mary who rest under the shade of the memorial statue to
All residents of Memphis, Tennessee should stand up against
this "Political Correctness." Please share the following story
with your family.
After the War Between the States, white and black, citizens
of the South came home from a long-bloody war to find their
homes burned, and food and money in short supply.
On July 4, 1875, General Nathan Bedford Forrest was
welcomed at the convention of the "Jubilee of Pole Bearers" an
African-American political group. He received great applause
for his speech that focused on friendship between the black
and white races. His entire speech was printed in the July 6,
edition of the Memphis Daily Avalanche. He said, "Do your duty
as citizens, and if you are oppressed, I will be your friend."
This year, 2005, is the 100 anniversary of the dedication
of the Forrest Statue in Memphis. This should be the year to
celebrate this park's centennial.
In the year of our Lord 1887, efforts were begun to raise
the necessary funds to erect a statue to honor Forrest. In
1891, The "Forrest Monument Association" was formed in
Memphis. The ladies Auxiliary was formed to help this
committee and the United Confederate Veterans helped to raise
money. Politican and business folk's were the backbone of this
committee. The "Who's-Who" of Memphis served on that
The price of the statue to General Forrest was the huge sum
of $32,359.53. It should be noted that the ladies auxiliary
worked hard to raise $3,000 which was a great deal of money in
In 1901, during the United Confederate Veterans convention
in Memphis, the cornerstone of the monument was dedicated.
During August of that year Charles H. Nichaus was given the
contract to build a bronze casting of the statue. The statue
was produced in Paris, France and was shipped to New York,
then to Savannah, and finally by rail to Memphis.
In 1904, the son of General Forrest, Captain William
Montgomery Forrest gave the Forrest Monument Association
permission to re-inter the remains of his father Nathan and
mother Mary at Forrest Park where the statue would be
dedicated the following year.
There was a full moon on Monday, May 15, and on Tuesday,
May 16, 1905, over 30,000 people congregated at Forrest Park
in Memphis to take part in the statue dedication. The memorial
began at 2:30PM with many speeches of tribute to the general
and was finalized with General Forrest's granddaughter pulling
the cord that unveiled the larger then life statue. This was
proceded by the reverent playing of everyone's favorite song
from North and South "Dixie".
Wonderful words are inscribed on the Forrest monument that
were written by Mrs. Virginia Frazer Boyer, "Those hoof beats
upon crimson's sod, But will ring through her song and her
story; He fought like a Titan and struck like a god, And his
dust is our ashes of glory."
The time has come to stop the cleansing of our American'
History. We are a free people, today, because we have
remembered those who gave their life's blood for freedom.
Please teach your children about their grandfathers and
grandmothers of America's past. Please write Memphis,
Tennessee Mayor W.W. Herenton and city council and ask them to
help protect and preserve "all" of our history. Keep Forrest,
Confederate and Jefferson Davis Parks as a remembrance of our
And his dust is our ashes of glory. God Bless!