State lawmakers are punishing the city of Memphis for removing two Confederate statues

Confederate statue, Robert E. Lee


CNN reports that lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives passed an amendment to a state appropriations bill in April that strips $250,000 in funding that the city of Memphis was to receive for its upcoming bicentennial celebration. State Rep. Steve McDaniel said on the House floor, “If you recall back in December, Memphis did something that removed historical markers in the city. It was the city of Memphis that did this and it was full knowing that it was not the will of the legislature.” The city of Memphis removed public statues of Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate leader Jefferson Davis in December 2017.