Statement of the Tennessee House of Representatives Republican Caucus:
Last night, the Memphis City Council unanimously approved the sale of the Health Sciences Park and Fourth Bluff Park under the cover of night to a private entity. For years, these two parks have housed the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis.
The Shelby County Mayor signed off on this sale within an hour following the vote and cranes were spotted shortly thereafter to remove both statues.
Multiple questions have been raised involving the legality of these actions, including:
• Did Memphis officials violate sunshine laws by coordinating this sale outside of the public eye?
• Did anyone gain financially from the rapid and clearly undervalued sale of these two properties?
• Were existing state statutes violated related to the removal or relocation of these memorials?
With these and many additional questions still unanswered, we will immediately begin work in conjunction with the Speaker, the Attorney General, the Comptroller’s office, and other stakeholders to further investigate this situation and recommend action to the full body of the legislature.
The Tennessee Historical Commission has already voted to deny the city’s application to remove these statues and this decision in Shelby …
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