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Rally Held To Protest Proposed Name Change Of Forrest Park

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 16:47:20-04

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) - A line of more than 60 vehicles, waving Confederate battle flags, drove to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park near Camden to protest recent calls to change the park's name.

The Jackson Sun reports that an organization called the Confederate Warriors held the rally on Sunday afternoon to let people know the group did not want the park's name to be changed.

In June, Democratic lawmakers called for the removal of Forrest's name from the park. Forrest was a Confederate general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Jason Corbitt, an Army veteran who attended the rally, says he would protest changing the name of any park with a military name -- Union or Confederate -- because he said soldiers on both sides of the Civil War were American.

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