My visit to Confederate Park.
*All photos except the first one are orriginal photos taken by me*
Confederate Park is very contravercial place, however, the only thing that really makes it contravercial is how it is named “Confederate Park”.
The park is located at the top of a bluff near the Wolf River Lagoon.
What is a bluff? Here’s a picture of one. It’s basically a hill that is located near a body of water.
Not everything in the park is Civil war related either.
The following is a tomb stone dedicated to WWI medical team members from Tennessee that died trying to help those that were injured during combat.
The following is in honor of Elizabeth Avery Merriwether, a Tennessee woman’s suffragist who is most famous for her books about gender equality.
And most of the things that are Civil War Related are deffininitly not offensive at all, they are simply a part of history.
A Civil war Cannon used by the Confederacy (no one died by the use of this cannon, the Confederates had REALLY bad aim).
Overall, in order to completly end the contravercy, I feel as if the name of the park needs to change.
During one of the occasions I was visiting Confederate Park, I ran into a guy who noticed me coming to the park a lot recently. I told him about my project about this park, and then asked him about why he had been coming to the park so much recently. Apparently, this man (I soon found out his name was Jeremy) actually lives around here (and by “around here” I mean homeless) – He usually sleeps on the side of Confederate Park’s bluff facing the parking lot. I asked him if he feels out in the opened at all living Downtown, but he replied saying “no, I actually feel safe here. People rarely come to this park, so I have my privacy, and no one gives a second thought to a person walking around downtown.” [note: not exact words, quote has beed edited using proper English.] The information Jeremy provided me about the park was invaluable, and now I know what a paragraph in my project 2 essay will say!
By thinking about the issues that Detroit had, I was able to transfer those thoughts to something I actually knew the current issues about- Memphis!
My model of the perfect community would simply be a community in which most people in it are generally well off, willing to follow the law, and go out of their way to make their community a better place. These are the standards which I feel all communities must aim towards, but it seems to me like the city I live in has lowered its standards so far below what is reasonable that accomplishing any of these goals appears to be an impossible task.
Dear Commercial Appeal Newspaper Editor Dude ,
Whats up with Memphis? Every year, the city continues to be ranked as the 5th city with the highest crime rate. After last years plan to make Memphis safer failed, it seems like this year everyone has just gave up! Is ignoring the problem and just hoping it gets better the plan now? I’m aware it will take a long time to fix the problem, but the sooner a new plan gets into motion, the sooner the problem can be solved. Continue Reading
In about five to ten years from now, I see myself living in Detroit, Michigan again, the city where most of my extended family lives. I would not consider Detroit to be an ideal community due to the fact that an ideal community would be economically successful enough function without needing Federal funds, something in which Detroit currently can not do. For a community to become economically successful, it must have enough successful jobs for everyone to make a living, however in order for a job to be successful, a high population is needed within the community to buy the job’s product. Because people often would not move into an area unless there was a successful job nearby that could employ them, this causes an economic dilemma within cities such as Detroit.
Does the park’s name accurately define the park as a whole? Why is the park empty so often? Are my speculations correct? Does the name of the park really draw people away or are other parks just as empty during the times Confederate Park is empty? Should the name of the park be changed to sound more appealing to the public? I can answer these questions by going about and interviewing people on their opinion on the topic. In both Confederate Park and other parks around Memphis, I should ask people if the name “Confederate Park” sounds appealing to them and if the name of the park played a role in why they did or didn’t decide to go to that park. I personally believe that the park’s name is doesn’t rightfully represent what the park truly stands for, which is to memorialize all the individuals that died fighting. Whether it be because they died after being drafted into a war or died believing in the cause they were fighting for, all these individuals deserve to be commemorated for their bravery. It is for these reasons that I believe the name of the park should be changed to “Memorial Park” instead of glorifying the Confederate Army. By doing this, I believe that subsequently the park’s popularity will increase and there will no longer be people that believe only those that support Confederate principles are welcomed to visit this park.
In the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, lies a small park that may just be the most beautiful park in the entire city, Confederate Park. The fact that this park was established in the early 1900s’, during a time when moral ethics were different then they are today, makes it very controversial place. A person’s opinion on this park is usually predetermined by where they are from or how they feel about the Confederate Army, and therefore, are usually unable to see for themselves the individual good or bad qualities within the park. I was born Michigan, the most northern state in the United States, and had ancestors from there that died in the Civil War as Union soldiers, so I understand the discomposed feeling that occurs when looking at something that seems to commemorate the murder of an ancestor. For this reason, I typically would have never visited any type of Confederate-based park no matter how much I was paid, but this park drew my attention.
A few weeks ago it was my 19th birthday, and, as a present, I was given my very own car. Taking advantage of my newly acquired freedom, I drove everywhere throughout Memphis that I could possibly think of. While driving around downtown, I saw a small park on top of a bluff that was so full of captivating beauty that I couldn’t help but want to have a better look. To my surprise, upon closer inspection I realized that this was the park I at one time believed needed to stop receiving funds from the City Council, this was Confederate Park! I came to realize how badly I misjudged the park simply because of its name and what I thought it stood for. Unlike the confederate-based parks in other cities which gloat about how the location of that park was where the Union Army was slaughtered by the Confederacy, the Confederate Park in Memphis was, in reality, established for the exact opposite reason. Continue Reading
These are excerpts from my project one essay that relate to my project 3 essay in that it talks about the problems dealing with Detroit. Hopefully, by thinking about the issues in Detroit, I will better be able to write my project 3 essay (which is pretty much just a combination of this project and project 2)