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Tennessee Mayor Offers To Accept Forrest Statue

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Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:57:43-04

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) - The mayor of a Tennessee town says he's willing to take a statue of Confederate Gen. and early Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest if Memphis doesn't want it.

The Jackson Sun reports that Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt recently wrote to Memphis' mayor to request the statue.

The Memphis City Council has an upcoming vote on whether to remove the statue along with the graves of Forrest and his wife from a city park.

Shutt says his offer to accept the statue comes from the need for more economic development for his town.

Savannah is near Shiloh National Military Park. Shutt says if some people who visit Shiloh would make a trip into Savannah to see the Forrest statue, that would be good for the town.

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