Dec 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Statue of KKK leader removed from side of Tennessee highway

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Members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, was removed Tuesday from the side of a highway in Nashville, Tennessee.

Why it matters: The move to take down the 25-foot statue comes amid renewed scrutiny of Confederate memorials. Dozens of Confederate symbols have been removed, relocated or renamed since George Floyd's death last year.

What they're saying: "This has been a national embarrassment," State Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) said, per the Tennessean.

  • "This is great news," she added. "It's just so hurtful to people, not to mention it's heinously ugly.

Worth noting: Earlier this year, the Tennessee Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing a bust of Forrest from the state capitol.

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