New historical marker updates Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in slave trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new historical marker that acknowledges Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in the slave trade in Memphis was dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony downtown.

The original marker, erected on Adams Avenue in 1955, noted that Forrest’s home stood nearby and that he operated a “business enterprise” near the site. But it didn’t mention that the business was a slave market.

Calvary Episcopal Church held a reconciliation service before the unveiling, where speakers read names of slaves who were sold at the market. Rev. Scott Walters of Calvary Episcopal led congregants in asking for forgiveness.

“There are churches and religious leaders all who failed to stand with the oppressed,” participants said.

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