VOL. 133 | NO. 24 | Thursday, February 1, 2018
View From the Hill
By Sam Stockard Updated 3:25PM
Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, says he could support a move to rotate Forrest’s bust out of the Capitol and make sure Capitol displays are “more reflective of the entire history of Tennessee.”
Though the state Capitol Commission voted last summer not to seek a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission to move Forrest’s bust to the Tennessee State Museum, legislation is being proposed to require it.
Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville, the bill states the Capitol Commission shall transfer the Forrest bust to the new museum on the Bicentennial Mall as soon as “practicable” when the building is completed.
But while Gilmore, former chair of the Black Caucus who is seeking the Senate seat of fellow Democrat Thelma Harper, could have a hard time mustering votes, the words of McNally could weigh heavily on state