By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

Remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest, wife removed from Memphis Park

Crews have completed the removal of the remains of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from the former monument at Health Sciences Park in Memphis while final cleanup work is still left to be finished on Friday, June 11, 2021.

The remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife have been removed from Health Sciences Park in Memphis and taken to a vault in an undisclosed location in West Tennessee.

Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner, Lee Millar from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Brent Taylor, current Shelby County Election Commissioner who served as the funeral director overseeing the exhumation, spoke at a press conference Friday outside the park.

Work to remove the remains of the infamous Confederate general, slave trader, and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan began June 1 and was expected to take two to three weeks.

Workers discovered the remains on Monday, around 9:01 a.m., but no announcement was made until Friday, in order to allow time to confirm that the area had been properly searched for all artifacts, Taylor said. Taylor and Turner pointed out that the removal of the statue also took place at the timestamp for Memphis’ area code, but in the evening, at 9:01 p.m. in December 2017.

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