Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-07-22 08:43:34 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Nathan Bedford Forrest’s bust may be removed from the Tennessee State Capitol on Thursday.
This decision is currently in the hands of a six-member state construction committee. If there is a tie, Governor Bill Lee will call.
The committee will meet at 11:00 am. If a member votes to remove the bust, it could be removed from the Capitol today.
NewsChannel 5 found that it was likely to get 4-2 votes in favor of moving the bust to the Tennessee State Museum. The two “no” votes are from Vice Governor Randy McNally and Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton.
Both have expressed opposition to removing the bust and instead adding context to the statue.
Nathan Bedford Forrest is a controversial figure and has been at the center of several protests over the years. Forrest was KKK’s first Grand Wizard and a Confederate general with a brutal reputation for killing black soldiers after surrendering.
Still, for years, state leaders kept the bust in place in the Capitol hall. But last year, support shifted to bust removal.
If removed, it will be sent to the State Museum, but the governor’s office says plans to move the bust have not yet been finalized.
Museum spokesmen say they have already taken steps to accept the statue.
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