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Tue Jul 13, 2021, 06:52 AM

Nathan Bedford Forrest's Bust Can Officially Be Removed From Tennessee Capitol, But No One Is Sure

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Bust Can Officially Be Removed From Tennessee Capitol, But No One Is Sure When It Will Be

The bust of confederate general and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest could technically be removed from the state capitol Friday, but instead it is caught in a sort of legislative hot potato.

People have been pushing for years for the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to be removed, and finally made progress on that mission in March 2020, when the state Historical Commission voted to pass the bust off to the Tennessee State Museum. There was a required 120 day waiting period, which expired on July 9.

Yet the museum says they are still awaiting instructions.

One complication is the State Building Commission, which oversees Tennessee’s public buildings, is still working to determine next steps.

Adam Kleinheider is a spokesman for Senate Speaker and Building Commission member Randy McNally. Kleinheider says he anticipates the commission will take up a vote on the bust at a scheduled July 22 meeting.

Read more: https://wpln.org/post/nathan-bedford-forrests-bust-can-officially-be-removed-from-tennessee-capitol-but-no-one-is-sure-when-it-will-be/

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