From the Tennessee Division Commander
At the Memphis city council meeting tonight, the city voted to remove the Forrest statue and Jefferson Davis statue immediately. At this moment the parks are surrounded by Memphis City police and cranes are on site, the statues will be moved tonight. They are willfully violating the Heritage Preservation act; the City has broken state law.
This has been a well-organized, behind the scenes plan by the city. They deliberately did this after hours to prevent action on our part. State officials have been contacted and will address this immediately. All of the SCV leadership from National, Army, Division and Brigades are working on this matter.
My advice to each of you is to stay away from Memphis; I would say that the Memphis police will not tolerate any action around these statues.
James G Patterson, Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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