Group Demands Removal Of Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust From State Captiol

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 15, 2017

Dozens of protesters gathered at the Tennessee State CapitolMonday demanding the removal of the bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The bust of the Confederate general and first "Grand Wizard" of the KKK has stood between the state House and Senate chambers for years.

There are also several Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol who has been fighting to have the bust remove and they are speaking out again on Monday.

The State Capitol Commission ultimately chose to delay any decisions on the bust, opting instead to review all the historical figures honored at the Tennessee statehouse and its grounds.

The group of about 60 people demonstrated under the theme, "Moral Monday: Tear Down White Supremacy". At least six troopers were stationed at the Capitol rotunda during the protest.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued a statement Monday afternoon, agreeing with the group but saying the normal process of law should be used.

Haslam says he strongly encourages the Capitol Commission and the Historical Commission to act on the call to remove the bust.

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