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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Grand Wizard Descendant Kurses Klan Konnection

From The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal:

Forrest descendant has a different take

By Wendi C. Thomas

August 14, 2005

In the clamorous debate over what to do with the three city parks that honor the Confederacy, there's a man whose story hasn't been told.

His name is Douglas Turner Ward, and he is a descendant of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

He's also a black man, a founder of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York, an established playwright who was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Ward, 75, is not one to suffer fools gladly, especially ones who turn a blind eye to Forrest's sins as a slave trader and a grand wizard of the country's first terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan.

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Ward suggests that they "Put [Forrest's] grave where it belongs, back in the woods . . . or wherever he came from." They'd have to dig an awfully deep hole to put him where he truly belongs.

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