About the parks

Forrest Park

Forrest Park

  • On the National Register of Historic Places
  • Forrest Equestrian Monument was dedicated 110 years ago in May, 1905
  • Forrest Statue stands as the oldest in the city
  • Paid for by individual donations from thousands of admirers
  • General Forrest & wife Mary Ann are buried beneath the statue
  • Forrest was a respected Memphian and two-term city Alderman
  • Forrest served as the Chairman of the Shelby County Democratic party
  • Forrest is studied world-wide as the greatest cavalry commander in military history
  • Forrest rose from the rank of private to Lieutenant General
  • Forrest’s funeral in 1877 was attended by 10,000 Memphians, both black and white
  • Only Memphis memorials to Air Force Gen. N. B. Forrest III, first American General officer killed in combat against the Nazis in WWII.

Confederate Park

Confederate Park

  • On the National Register of Historic Places, Cotton Row District
  • Thousands of Memphians observed the naval battle of Memphis in June, 1862 from this bluff overlook
  • Reunion Hall of the 1901 United Confederate Veterans convention was built on this spot
  • Jefferson Davis statue was erected in 1964, paid for by private donations
  • The Confederate cannons from this park were donated to the WWII patriotic metal drive
  • The Park was dedicated to the 37 regiments that enlisted from Memphis

 

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Jefferson Davis Park

  • On the National Register of Historic Places, Cotton Row District
  • Named for Memphian Jefferson Davis, U. S. Secretary of War, U.S. Senator, Mexican War veteran
  • President of a Memphis insurance company
  • Memphis resident from 1869 to 1878