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FILE- In this Aug. 18, 2017, photo, a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest sits in a park in Memphis, Tenn. The city of Memphis is asking a court to overrule a commission's decision that prevents the removal of the Confederate statue from Health Sciences Park. The city filed a petition in Davidson County Chancery Court on Monday, Dec. 13. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Memphis City Council voted to remove two Confederate statues from local parks

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The Memphis City Council voted to remove two Confederate statues after transferring ownership of the parks on Wednesday night.

According to WZTV in Memphis, the city council voted unanimously to remove the Jefferson Davis statue and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues immediately. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he approved the sale of both Health Sciences Park and Memphis Park in order to allow the removal of the statues.

The City of Memphis issued a traffic alert following the vote, and heavy equipment was seen entering one of the parks.

According to Fox13, more than 30 police squad cars were seen at Tiger lane, an area not too far from the Health Sciences Park where the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue is located. The police cars later surrounded the park completely.

The Jefferson Davis statue and Nathan Bedford Forrest statues have been at the center of controversy for most of the year. The Tennessee Historic Commission denied the city's request to remove the statues in October.

Memphis city officials filed a petition for a judge to review that decision in December.

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