After a renewed push to remove Confederate monuments and statues across the U.S., Republican Senator Lamar Alexander joined the crowd.
He called for the removal of a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust on display at the State Capitol.
It was a far cry from the stance he had as governor almost 40 years ago opposing the removal.
Alexander said museums battlefields and birth sites are better suited for Civil War monuments.
"All the people in this country were involved in the Civil War at that time. There's a place to remember all of them - battlefields, monuments, and their birth places and museums. But places of honor should be for people who inspire all of us and there are plenty of those,' he said.
It would take approval from two state commissions before the bust could be removed.