The remains of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife Mary Ann Montgomery have been dug up as part of the lefts efforts to remove all markers and monuments to the historic cancelled.The bodies are now being held in an undisclosed location until they can be brought to their new resting place at the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ National Confederate Museum in Columbia, Tennessee.
The museum is roughly 200 miles from their previous grave in Memphis.
“The Forrest family felt that the remains of Forrest and his wife should be some place where he can be respected, protected, and visited without any danger, which is not the case here,” Lee Millar with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told the local news.
The agreement for the bodies to be exhumed took years of negotiation between Memphis Greenspace, who owns the park, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The park where the Forrest’s were laid to rest was called Forrest Park until a name change in 2013. A statue of him in the park was removed in 2017, after Greenspace bought the park.
The Hill reports that in April, Atlanta’s school board unanimously voted to rename Forrest Hill Academy, named after the Confederate general, to the Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy.
This is not the only grave the left is digging up.
The city of Richmond, Virginia is also planning to dig up the grave of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill.