KKK hood placed on head of Forrest statue

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Facebook video posted Monday shows a man placing a KKK hood on top of the Memphis statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The video shows the man climb the statue, with the caption, "correcting the statue." The hat was later removed.

The act was part of ongoing protests of Confederate statues in Memphis and across the United States.

Monday night, protesters surrounded the Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park, calling for it to be taken down.

Protesters stayed there for several hours, saying the statue is part of a hateful history that should not be idolized.

"A few of us just really came to reflect," one protester said. "We've been spending time together in the wake of what happened in Charlottesville, and it's a really terrible thing to see people who stand up for justice to be mowed down, injured, and killed."

The City of Memphis announced its intentions to continue efforts to remove the statues of both Forrest and Jefferson Davis on Monday following unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"It is a symbol of the power of white supremacy," activist Tami Sawyer said. "We know that white supremacists draw strength from these statues, evident by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans gathering here less than a month ago."

Sons of Confederate Veterans is one group that does not want to see the monuments removed.

"It doesn't solve anything," Lee Millar said. "It doesn't help today's current problems they should be dealing with."

City leaders said they are prepared to take their efforts to remove the statue all the way to the Supreme Court, if needed.

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