Tenn. State Capitol Commission approves moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

Tenn. State Capitol Commission approves moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust
Nathan Bedford Forrest bust (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee State Capitol Commission has approved moving the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to a museum.

The vote will now move forward to the Tennessee Historical Commission. The Tennessee Historical Commission said they do not plan to discuss the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust during their meeting on Friday.

Governor Bill Lee has recommended that the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust is better suited for the state museum instead of the state capitol.

“Forrest represents pain and suffering and brutal crimes committed against African Americans and that pain is very real for many of our Tennesseans,” said Lee.

State Capitol Commission to discuss moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to museum

He said putting the bust in the museum will allow the story of Forrest to be put in a better historical context.

“I am very proud of the governor for taking a step of courage,” said State Rep. London Lamar of Memphis.

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