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Bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, 2 others to be relocated to Tennessee museum from Capitol

Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general and was a wealthy plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

7/23/2021 2:50:00 AM

Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general and was a wealthy plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general and was a wealthy plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

A bust of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and two other military leaders are to be relocated from the Tennessee Capitol to the state's history museum, the Associated Press reported.The move, approved by a 5-2 vote by the State Building Commission Thursday, follows years of protests over the Forrest bust's 1978 installment in the Capitol. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently reversed course and voiced support for the bust's removal after saying in 2018 he would not advocate for taking it down since"the Ku Klux Klan is a part of our history that we're not proud of in Tennessee, and we need to be reminded of that."

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"Much like this bust symbolizes the pain and suffering of slavery and terror, removing the likeness of Nathan Bedford Forrest from a place of honor in Tennessee's Capitol is a symbol for much needed reconciliation," said Black lawmaker Sen. Raumesh Akbari from Memphis.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:A bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest and two others are to be relocated from the Tennessee Capitol to the state's history museum. In this photo, protester Maurice Spivey holds up a sign to protest against the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park Aug. 13, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee. headtopics.com

Carlo Allegri/Getty ImagesThe decades-long effort to remove the bust of Forrest cleared its final hurdle Thursday due to the seven-member State Building Commission.Some have called for adding more historical context to the bust.Tennessee's Black legislative caucus has been particularly vocal about how painful it has been to walk by the bust, displayed prominently between the House and

Senatechamber, as they carry out their work each day."No doubt we have work to do to achieve equality and justice for all people, but today's vote shows that progress is possible," Akbari said. She is also the Senate's Democratic caucus chairwoman.

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