NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee comptroller’s report says Memphis officials followed state open meetings law when they sold two parks to a nonprofit, which removed three Confederate statues.
The report Wednesday also says Memphis followed municipal law by selling the parks in December to Memphis Greenspace Inc. for $1,000 apiece.
Auditors said Memphis didn’t make the nonprofit submit a financial stability application. The city said it met with the group to discuss finances and cited three other property sales without applications.
Auditors suggested a city-nonprofit agreement about storing and protecting the statues of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and war correspondent and Capt. J. Harvey Mathes.
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Citing pending legal challenges, auditors didn’t say whether the move violated state law making it tough to remove Confederate monuments on public property.