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Descendants of KKK leader sue Memphis, saying city desecrated his grave by removing statue

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CN) – Descendants of the Ku Klux Klan’s first leader Nathan Bedford Forrest claim in a lawsuit filed Monday that Memphis destroyed the Confederate general’s gravestone when it removed his statue from a city park.

The complaint, filed in Shelby County Chancery Court by lead attorney H. Edward Phillips III, argues the statue standing on a pedestal above the remains of Forrest and his wife that lie in copper caskets was part of the graves’ headstone for over 100 years.

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