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Tennessee's governor said a Confederate general shouldn't be honored at the state Capitol

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In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Tennesseans are again calling for a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to be removed from the state Capitol.

Forrest was a Confederate general during the Civil War and a grand wizard in the Ku Klux Klan.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) issued a statement Monday supporting removal of the bust, our affiliate FOX17 in Nashville reported.

“My position on this issue has not changed – I do not believe Nathan Bedford Forrest should be one of the individuals we honor at the Capitol. The General Assembly has established a process for addressing these matters and I strongly encourage the Capitol Commission and the Historical Commission to act.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

Protesters gathered outside Haslam's office at the Capitol in Nashville on Monday and called for the bust to be removed.

Our affiliate FOX17 in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this story.


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