Sen. Gilmore presses for Forrest bust removal

‘Make Thursday a moment in Tennessee history where we stood together for racial reconciliation’

NASHVILLE — Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) is urging members of the Capitol Commission to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol.

Gilmore, a long-time Middle Tennessee lawmaker, along with many Democratic members of the General Assembly have been advocating for the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to be moved to a museum.

The panel, which oversees the Capitol grounds, will vote on the matter Thursday, July 9.

On Monday, Gilmore wrote a letter to members of the commission asking them to “make Thursday a moment in Tennessee history where we stood together for racial reconciliation.”

The full letter can be read below:

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