Bust Of Klan Leader Removed From Tennessee State Capitol

The removal of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest on Friday
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The bust of a Ku Klux Klan leader, Confederate general and slave trader has been removed from Tennessee’s state capitol after more than four decades on display.

The removal of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest on Friday came after the state building commission approved its relocation to the Tennessee State Museum on Thursday in a 5-2 vote.

“After more than a year in the making, this process has finally come to a close,” said the Republican governor, Bill Lee, who voted in favor of the removal and had previously said he believed the bust should be moved last summer.

“I thank the members of the capitol commission, historical commission and state building commission for providing thoughtful input and ensuring confidence in the process. The state museum provides the full historical context for these figures as we remember our state’s rich and complex past.”

Members of the state’s legislative Black caucus celebrated the removal of the bust.

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