Lawsuit filed to keep Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in Capitol

Posted at 10:00 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:02:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The group Sons of Confederate Veterans and others have filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in the State Capitol.

The lawsuit against the state and Tennessee Capitol Commission claims the bust must remain on the second floor of the Capitol due to a joint resolution passed in 1971.

Commissioners voted last month to remove the bust of the former Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. Calls for its removal were reignited after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, which prompted protests and demands of justice across the country and Nashville.

The bust currently remains in the Capitol until the Tennessee Historical Commission votes on whether or not it will be removed.