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(Main Street Nashville) Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation cannot remove a bronze statue of a Confederate private from Centennial Park, the Tennessee Historical Commission unanimously ruled Friday.
The statue was dedicated in 1909 to the common Confederate soldiers.
In 2019, it was vandalized with the phrase “They were racists” in red paint.
Although the Parks Board approved a contextual marker to be placed next to the statue, one was never erected. Instead, the Board decided to petition the THC if the memorial could be removed.
Under state law, the THC has to decide if historic memorials are allowed to be removed, relocated or altered.
Metro counsel Macy Amos said Friday there was no plan on where the statue would go.
Amos’ argument was that removing the statue was in the public interest by preventing vandalism.
Edward Phillips, representing the Sons of Confederate Veterans, argued that Metro didn’t meet the standard of compelling public interest.
In their legal filing, Metro argued that the statue fed into the…Tennessee Historical Commission denies request to remove Confederate memorial from Centennial Park | News | mainstreet-nashville.com