Haslam Calls for Removal of Forrest Statue at Capitol

August 14, 2017 by  
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Dave Boucher of the Tennessean reports on what happened today when a group of demonstrators and legislators took to the Capitol to speak out and demand removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest monument located in the halls of the Capitol:

For nearly two hours Monday, protesters urged Tennessee’s leaders to finally take action and remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol in Nashville.

They sang songs such as “This Little Light of Mine” and voiced their frustrations in chants­ — “white silence is violence,” “which side are you on” and “tear it down.”

Ultimately, they made their way from the Forrest bust between the House and Senate chambers to Gov. Bill Haslam’s office, demanding an answer from him on the issue.

“My position on this issue has not changed – I do not believe Nathan Bedford Forrest should be one of the individuals we honor at the Capitol,” Haslam said in statement. “The General Assembly has established a process for addressing these matters and I strongly encourage the Capitol Commission and the Historical Commission to act.”

 

We commend Governor Haslam for his strong statement and urge him to push members of the Historical Commission and legislators to take swift action to ensure the Forrest monument is removed from the Capitol.

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