Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 16:04:03-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year to amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee's office confirmed Friday that the Republican was working on the bill. The office did not provide further details about the proposal. Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

He was in charge during the battle of Fort Pillow, where an estimated 300 African-American soldiers were massacred by Forrest's men after surrendering.