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TN State Representative creates bill to end Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

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NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) -

Tennessee State Representative Mike Stewart created a bill to end Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Tennessee. 

By state law, July 13 is recognized as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the state. 

The law encourages Tennesseans to observe the day "in schools, churches and other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies expressive of the public sentiment befitting the anniversary."

In a press release, Stewart said the following:

"I can't think of anything more appropriate than using today as the beginning of the end of Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. We do not need a special day to remember that Forrest commanded the forces who massacred soldiers at Fort Pillow after they had surrendered and laid down their arms. In a state that has produced many genuine military heroes, we should not be elevating that sort of service."

The law also orders the observance of Robert E. Lee Day, Abraham Lincoln Day, Andrew Jackson Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Those holidays would remain untouched under the proposed legislation.

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