Ku Klux Klan threatens massive gathering to protest renaming of Memphis city parks
POSTED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 7:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The Ku Klux Klan is planning a massive rally to protest the renaming of three Memphis, Tennessee city parks.
"You're going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee has ever seen," said "Edward", as he wanted to be known.
He said he began contacting fellow Klansmen even before the city council's decision Tuesday night.
"It's not going to be 20 or 30," said he said. "It's going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States coming to Memphis, Tennessee."
The KKK wants to rally in the renamed Health Sciences Park. That's where former "grand wizard" and confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest is memorialized.
In addition to Forrest Park, Confederate and Jefferson Davis Parks downtown were temporarily renamed and may never go back.
"And for our part, we're going to administer the wishes of council," said city CAO George Little.
Little said signage will probably be replaced when permanent names are decided.
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