Park friends and supporters,
Please write to Letters to the Editor of the Commercial Appeal newspaper. We MUST keep this in front of our government officials and in front of our friends and fellow citizens. We must remind them all that we will not forget our ancestors and will continue the fight for the preservation of our American history.
Please write that you agree with (applaud, congratulation, commend) the SCV & CTSOP for filing the appeal in the Parks Lawsuit.
The Memphis City Council was wrong in trying to rename our historic parks (Confederate Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Forrest Park) and their acts were illegal.
And add whatever else you wish. We know we're right, and the city and city council are wrong.
A press release was sent to all the media but they may try to ignore our appeal of this injustice. We must write in and keep them aware of our efforts.
As you are perhaps aware, on Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the Citizens to Save Our Parks filed an appeal of the recent court ruling dismissing the Parks Renaming lawsuit on 'standing'. The case will now go to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western District in Jackson, TN. No hearing date has been scheduled as yet. The original suit was brought to correct the Memphis City Council's unauthorized attempted renaming of Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Confederate Park in downtown Memphis.
Lee Millar, spokesman for the SCV, stated that "we feel that the chancellor inadequately considered the precedent case law and failed to consider material facts. Thus we are appealing the case and will continue until the original historic park names are restored. We know that the city council was wrong in attempting to rename these three historic parks. The preliminary dismissal will not deter us and the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with the Citizens to Save Our Parks shall continue to work to maintain this part of our American history."
It should be noted that Forrest Park and Confederate Park are on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places and to the civilized world (which evidently excludes Memphis), the parks will always be known as Forrest Park, Jefferson Davis Park, and Confederate Park.