Body of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from Memphis park

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A heavy crane that will be used to help dig up the remains of former Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest sits at a park on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. The bodies of Forrest and his wife are being moved from the Memphis park, where they have been buried for decades, to a museum in Middle Tennessee. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers have removed the remains of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from a Tennessee park, marking another step in the process of moving their bodies out of Memphis and to a museum hundreds of miles away.

News outlets reported that Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Lee Millar said the remains of the former slave trader and his wife are being held in an undisclosed location until they can be transported later to a Confederate museum.

The removal of the remains of the early Ku Klux Klan leader from Memphis would end a long-running dispute over his legacy and presence in the majority-Black city.

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