TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jul 9, 2020

The State Capitol Commission today voted to remove the controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forest from outside House and Senate chambers and relocate it to the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessean reports. The group had originally intended to only vote on the Forrest bust, but ultimately voted 9-2 to remove two additional busts of U.S. Admiral David Farragut and U.S. Admiral Albert Gleaves from the second floor of the Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, and House Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough both said they were representing the preferences of their chambers by voting against the removal. According to WPLN, the petition will now go to the Tennessee Historical Commission for a final vote, but it will not be considered for at least three months and the process could take as long as a year.