Take Down the Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue in South Rome

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At the entrance to South Rome, there is a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was the first Grand Wizard of the KKK. Not only was Nathan Bedford Forrest a founding member of the KKK, but he was notorious for committing war crimes during the Civil War. At the Battle of Fort Pillow, Union troops surrendered, but Forrest slaughtered many Black soldiers in cold blood. One of his own men said this about the massacre:

"The slaughter was awful. Words cannot describe the scene. The poor deluded negros would run up to our men fall on their knees and with uplifted hands scream for mercy but they were ordered to their feet and then shot down. The white [sic] men fared but little better. The fort turned out to be a great slaughter pen. Blood, human blood stood about in pools and brains could have been gathered up in any quantity. I with several others tried to stop the butchery and at one time had partially succeeded but Gen. Forrest ordered them shot down like dogs and the carnage continued. Finally our men became sick of blood and the firing ceased."

Confederate monuments glorify white supremacy, which is why, recently, many have been removed. Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a good man. He was a racist and continuing to honor him and his cause is a shame to our community. The statue must be removed.