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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says Confederate General should not be honored at Capitol

Nathan Bedford Forrest bust at the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville, Tennessee. PHOTO: WZTV FOX 17 News Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued a statement on the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the State Capitol.

Forrest was a Confederate general during the civil war and a grand wizard in the Ku Klux Klan.

Following the protests in Virginia and a deadly attack conducted by an Ohio man investigated as a possible hate crime, Tennesseans are again voicing support for the Forrest bust removal.

Protesters in Nashville took to the Capitol Building outside Gov. Haslam's office calling for the bust to be removed.


Haslam issued a statement shortly after the protest, stating “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. The General Assembly has established a process for addressing these matters and I strongly encourage the Capitol Commission and the Historical Commission to act.”

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