State House Votes to Take Away $250K Allotted for Memphis Bicentennial Celebration

The move was financial retribution for Memphis’ decision to remove Confederate statues

April 18, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After the Republican-led Tennessee House voted to remove $250,000 from the state budget meant for the city of Memphis’ bicentennial celebration, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“The city of Memphis should not be punished for the removal of Confederate statues,” Mancini said. “Taking away $250,000 meant for the city’s bicentennial celebration speaks volumes about the current Republican majority leadership in the State House. Elected public servants should have the backs of all Tennesseans — no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you live — and not take punitive measures against a community simply for doing what’s right. This action is a disgrace.”


Amanda Yanchury