A group of anti-Confederate protesters aren’t happy enough with the declaration by the city of Memphis that it wants to dig up and move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest.

They want it done now.

A group surrounded a shovel Wednesday and ceremoniously removed a chunk of grass and soil.

“We are going to bring the back hoe, the tractors and the men with the equipment to raise Bedford Forrest from the soil of Memphis,” Isaac Richmond with the “Commission on Religion and Racism” declared to awaiting TV cameras, CBS 3 reported.

Forrest grave protesters

Richmond ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year.

He believes if the general who died 137 years ago can just be eliminated, that will really help things.

“If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” he said, shovel in hand. “We got a fresh shovel full, and we hope that everybody else will follow suit and dig him up.”

Others see their actions as little more than destruction of property.

“They can protest all they want. Just because they don’t like it, doesn’t mean they are right. Digging up the park is just pure and simple vandalism,” says Lee Millar, spokesman Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“We really don’t want to make this a confrontation. We just want to say hey, we want to get on with it!” Richmond insists.

In early July, the Memphis city council voted unanimously to dig up Forrest’s body and move it somewhere else.

“It is no longer politically correct to glorify someone who was a slave trader, someone who was a racist on public property,” City Council member Myron Lowery said at the time.

Because of the bureaucracy, Forrest’s remains and the statue dedicated to him are regulated by different agencies.

WREG reported:

According to the city council’s attorney, Chancery Court would also have to sign off on the removal of the remains and the family of Forrest would be involved in the decision as well.

The removal of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is a separate issue.

The removal of the statue has been proposed as an ordinance before the council which will have to be read before the council three times before it can be approved.

From there it will be presented to the Tennessee Historic Commission but there is no timeline for when they will make a decision.

That’s all taking too long for the activists. They want it done now.

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  • This is defacing a grave. It also happens to be against the law. The people involved need to do some jail time.

  • darrell_b8

    Me thinks we need to have another ‘fort Pillow’ event; that would help…..a little more grape, Mr. Morton (LTG Forrest’s ‘Chief of Artillery’)….

  • Alicia Nokes-Gritz

    SO WRONG! SO STUPID!! History should NOT be messed with. These people would feel differently if some one dug up a loved one of theirs! Elvis Presley would be frowning up on this. Messing with home town!!

  • Eric Karch

    Ignorant, ignorant people. They should have been arrested and prosecuted. They could not endure what Forrest faced in his lifetime. He killed 31 men in hand to hand combat and had 30 horses shot out from beneath him. He was the most feared cavalry commander in either army. Sure, history is ugly most of the time but learn it from all sides. It is never one sided…stupid people act as if it is!

  • Eric Karch

    Ignorant, ignorant people. They should have been arrested and prosecuted. They could not endure what Forrest faced in his lifetime. He killed 31 men in hand to hand combat and had 30 horses shot out from beneath him. He was the most feared cavalry commander in either army. Sure, history is ugly most of the time but learn it from all sides. It is never one sided…stupid people act as if it is!

  • vlad the impaler

    black racist scum and their liberal buddies..its a good thing these assholes are too lazy and fat to dig up the coffin.

  • Jim Treadwell

    I didn’t know liberals were able to operate a shovel, It’s something that requires work.

  • jackson

    Do not let these black savages move anything; except themselves back to Africa; we do not want them………..however Mississippi still has cotton to pick.

  • Jim Sterrett

    so, are we going to dig up all the corpses of black people that commited crimes against humanity and move them away as well?

  • Barbara

    I agree, this is gone out of control. It’ll get worse & things must stop now. If the blacks got an education (12 years) then maybe some college, I doubt if these problems would occur. An educated black person wouldn’t do things like digging up graves of someone who fought in the civil war. What’s wrong with you people. You are the ones starting trouble which will eventually be causing a whole lot more problems. My guess is that those doing these crimes aren’t educated and unemployed and have nothing better to do than start trouble, in this case back over 100 years. History and statues, graves, etc. is suppose to be an example of what happened in the past, and what should or shouldn’t do in the future. To make our lives better, make a better life for yourself & your family. Don’t destroy things.