2005/07/24

Erasing our history

There are two interesting articles in this morning’s Commercial Appeal concerning the current dust-up over the names of several Memphis parks. One proposes what could be done with the parkland and their memorials, while the other discusses why the entire controversy is at best ludicrous. Personally, I feel that the renaming of Confederate, Jefferson Davis and Forrest parks is wrong. Changing the names would appease a certain segment of the community but it would also be historical censorship. The past, the good, the bad and the ugly is OUR History. Don’t erase any part of it. Recognize it all, acknowledge it all and then move on.

To read the complete stories go to Forrest proposal moves graves and Censorship can’t disguise city’s heritage.

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