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Memphis Group Calls for Boycott Till Confederate Statue Removed

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Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 08:57 PM

Activists who once attempted to dig up the grave of a Confederate general are now reportedly pushing for a boycott of Memphis parks where Confederate monuments are located – including one where a statue of Jefferson Davis stands.

The American Mirror reported the group calls itself "Take Em Down 901," and scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss the parks boycott.

Protester Tami Sawyer told NBC affiliate WMC in Memphis last week she's leading a boycott of 4th Bluff Park until the Davis statue is removed – and is urging the public to avoid all scheduled summer events until the monuments are gone.

“Having the [statues] is another thing that says black people don’t matter in Memphis," she told the outlet.

According to The American Mirror, many of the same activists tried to dig up the grave of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest last summer.

Isaac Richmond, head of the “Commission on Religion and Racism” asserted digging up the grave would help fix the city's problems with racism, the Mirror reported.

"If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” Richmond told a CBS affiliate at the time. "We got a fresh shovel full, and we hope that everybody else will follow suit and dig him up."

The gravesite remains, the Mirror reported.

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