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Motion To Move Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust Fails

Posted at 12:10 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:19:43-04

A motion to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from the State Capitol has failed with the State Capitol Commission.

The motion, if it had passed, would have moved the bust to the Tennessee State Museum.

The vote with the commission ended with seven against and five for moving the bust, meaning it will remain at the State Capitol.

The meeting was held at 11 a.m. Friday in the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower Nashville Room.

Republican Governor Bill Haslam called to remove the bust of Confederate cavalry general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The State Capitol Commission met to consider Haslam's renewed request to relocate the bust. It was the first step in a lengthy process laid out by Tennessee's "Heritage Protection Act."

Haslam first called for the bust's removal after the 2015 slayings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, and again after August’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Forrest amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War. His bust at the state Capitol was unveiled in 1978.

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