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Tn-Gov. Bill Lee today confirmed his photo dressed as confederate soldier in an Auburn yearbook between 1977-1981.
At that same time, in Nov 1978 the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust was installed in the Tn State Capitol.
It remains there today.
Gov. Lee today said, "I never intentionally acted in an insensitive way, but with the benefit of hindsight, I can see that participating in that was insensitive and I've come to regret it."
Today Sen. Gilmore said, "If I have seen they have changed and are doing good and good work, I am willing to extend the olive branch. I hope he will be the governor for all people. Time will tell, but I am willing to give him the opportunity to show he has changed."
Here's our chance. Let's give him the opportunity.
Both former Governors Bill Haslam & Lamar Alexander support relocating the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to the Tn State museum.
Let's help Gov. Lee have the opportunity to show he is the governor for all people by moving this statue to the Tennessee State Museum.
From slavery to soldiers to freedom, the remarkable African American Heritage of Nashville all of it, began here at St. Cloud Hill and Ft. Negley Park.
This petition began in 2017 to fight the decision of city leaders to give public parkland to private developers to build 27 buildings and nearly 300 apartments on this hallowed land.
Now we must, as citizens, lead the way forward. Generations of Nashville city leaders have tried to bulldoze the past, to hide it in overgrowth, to padlock it closed and to be sure no signs led the way from the Interstate.
Now is our time, 90 years from the initial vision for this parkland, to realize the full potential of our city, our state, and our nation in coming together to tell this complete story.
We need your voice.
Alice Ganier Rolli
Local District 17 Resident & great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Radnor Lake State Park