State Rep. Mike Sparks chimes in on removing historic statues

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State Rep. Mike Sparks

More and more talk is circulating about the idea of tearing down or moving confederate statues in Murfreesboro and throughout the state. A discussion was even scheduled to be held this coming Sunday to talk about moving statues that are currently in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse, but that meeting has since been postponed.

State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna, TN told WGNS that despite the talk among local groups, he has never had a phone call at the state level requesting the removal of a historic monument ....


Regardless of a lack of calls, the idea of moving or tearing down historic statues that date back to the 1900's in Rutherford County is still something that is being talked about among some of those in our community. But, a concrete proposal on such a task has not been officially submitted at this point. So, only thoughts of removing statues have taken place.

More In Depth Talk with Rep. Sparks:


Sparks told WGNS that he can't believe people are suggesting the removal of monuments that are historic...

Sparks said he tries to honor TN history as opposed to forgetting it...

He went on to state that residents need to speak out for the truth...

Statues around Historic Rutherford County Courthouse:

Other statues or plaques around the courthouse:

  • 1901: Statue honoring Rutherford County Confederate Soldiers who died. Erected and paid for by the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with the Ladies Memorial Association
  • 1912: A tablet was erected by the Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate Murfreesboro's status as former state capitol.
  • 1949: Monument to further memorialize the city's status as former state capitol
  • Monument to Revolutionary War Gen. Griffith Rutherford
  • Monument dedicated to Rutherford County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1946
  • Two plaques in memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest's Raid on Murfreesboro on July 13, 1862
  • Memorial to Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Plaque in honor of those who served the Confederacy from Rutherford County
  • 2011 Monument by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #33 dedicated to those from Rutherford County who served in the Army of Tennessee

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