TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jul 21, 2021

The bust of Confederate general and early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest is expected to be removed from the State Capitol this week, dependant upon a successful vote tomorrow morning by the State Building Commission, the Tennessean reports. Gov. Bill Lee’s office has not given information about the removal procedure, but multiple sources told the newspaper that Lee intends to have the bust moved to the Tennessee State Museum by the weekend. Lee has called a news conference ahead of tomorrow’s vote and will make a rare appearance at the meeting. State law required Lee’s office to wait 120 to take action after the Historical Commission’s March vote to relocate the bust. That waiting period ended July 9. The meeting is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. CDT.