MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland travels to Athens, Tennessee on Friday to talk to the Tennessee Historical Commission about taking down Confederate statues, he won’t be the only one.Those on both sides of the issue are traveling east.
The Tennessee Historical Commission will now listen to the City of Memphis’ plan to take down the statues — statues community activist Tami Sawyer calls oppressive.
“What the true history of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest were,” Sawyer said. “The oppression, the hatred.”
Sawyer and members of Take Em Down 901 will be traveling six hours to Athens for the Commission meeting Friday.
They want more than the mayor’s voice heard.
“We were not invited by the Mayor to join his entourage of 50 clergymen and businessmen to Athens so we will be going ourselves and making our own statement,” she said.
“It would be a much stronger fight if Take Em Down 901 and Mayor Strickland’s administration were able to work together to get these statues removed immediately. ”
Lee Millar and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans are doing all they can to keep the statues standing.
“A lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon of tearing down statues and it’s just an idiotic move, movement,” Millar said.
They too will be traveling with a group to Athens, hoping to get commissioners’ ears….