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I would further substantiate this article by Chris Herrington by pointing out that Forrest's statue on Health Sciences Park is a larger-than-life Bronze statue. This demonstrates that Memphis society of the very early 20th century wanted to submit General Forrest to the world as nothing less than its HERO. General Forrest's rise to prominence within business as well as the Military establishment - in spite of his lack of West Point or other Academic Credentials, embodies the brutality, racism, anti-intellectualism, defiance, and belligerence of the citizens of Memphis of that time.
Truth be told, there are many options for today's descendants of white southern peasant settlers to submit to the world as their hero. We are, after all, the city of Elvis Presley. Forrest is one of the worse options for such.
By Flyer Staff
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