Tennessee lawmakers call for Confederate monument to be taken out of state Capitol

Nathan Bedford Forrest bust located at the state Capitol.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On the heels of the South Carolina governor saying the Confederate flag should be removed from the state’s Capitol, Tennessee lawmakers are now pushing for the removal of a Confederate monument in Nashville.

The monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a decorated Confederate general in the Civil War who would later be named the “Grand Wizard,” which is the Ku Klux Klan’s highest rank, is situated inside the Tennessee Capitol.

“The Nathan Bedford Forrest statue should have been removed from our state capitol a long time ago,” Mary Mancini, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair said.

On Monday, Congressman Jim Cooper tweeted the bust of Forrest should be removed.

“Symbols of hate shouldn’t be promoted by government,” he said in part.

For the statue to be removed, it would have to be voted on by the legislature.

“If I were a legislator, I would certainly move it, move it out,” state Republican Party Chair Ryan Haynes said.

Mancini added, “Yes, all symbols of hate and the Ku Klux Klan should be removed from our state Capitol without a doubt.”

Another statue of Forrest sits on private property on the edge of Nashville that can be seen from Interstate 65.

Mayoral candidate Megan Barry has suggested planting trees around the statue to block it.

“While we can’t physically remove it, I [would] sure like to make it something that people don’t see when they drive by,” she said.

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