Bill would move N.B. Forrest bust to state museum

Rep. Brenda Gilmore, former chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, has filed a bill that would move a bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol lobby to the new Tennessee State Museum.

Under current state law, the Capitol Commission must approve any such move – and the panel voted 7-5 in September to leave the Forrest bust in place. HB1466 specifically makes the Forrest bust an exception to that general rule and further directs that it be relocated to the new museum, now under construction.

There’s no listed Senate sponsor yet for the bill, pre-filed for consideration in the legislative session that begins next month.

Note: Previous post on the commission vote is HERE; a post with a bit of bust history HERE.

6 Responses to Bill would move N.B. Forrest bust to state museum

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    Charles Curran says:


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    Vista {P. Setters says:

    Ms. Gilmore should leave history alone. What more will be moved. I vote NO on this bill.

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    Linda says:

    Interesting—–and what does Ms. Gilmore want to do with Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Benton County—–teleport it to Africa?

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    Penny Tucker says:

    history is just that history. Will you change the civil war just because you don’t agree with it. According to the constitution–the south was right–is that what they are afraid of? Shame on every one who believes history,especially history about that war should be erased——-especially now when a repeat is right around the corner.

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    Rachel Craig says:

    Moving the bust does not “change history.” It simply realizes that we should be careful who in our history we glorify. NBF, by any measure, isn’t that person.

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    Elizabeth Coker says:

    Rachel, nobody cares about your ONE opinion.
    Millions of Southerners throughout history have had much to thank NB Forrest for, namely saving the widows and orphans from starvation after the US government illegally invaded in 1861 and systematically destroyed the land and the people all in the guise of “saving the Union”.
    Long respected local educator and spiritual leader for the Restoration movement within the Church of Christ, David Lipscomb, documents the condition of the population in the winter of 1865-68 as he appealed to sister churches in the North to send food and money. You may read all about it in his biography, Cry in the Wilderness. The brilliant Cavalryman and noted stellar strategist Forrest saved his own people from annihilation and deserves his place at the Capitol directly across from Tennessee native son and Union Naval Admiral Farragut, an appropriate comparison of two men from the same state on opposite sides during the war.

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