Remove Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue in Memphis
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In the late 1860s Nathan Bedford Forrest began an association with the newly formed Ku Klux Klan, a secret society that terrorized blacks and opposed Reconstruction efforts. Forrest is believed to have served as the Klan’s first grand wizard upon its formation in 1866, though he would later deny any association with the group when called before the Joint Congressional Committee in 1871. Forrest’s financial situation later became desperate following the failure of his railroad business in 1874. Forced to sell off many of his assets, he spent his later years overseeing a prison labor camp near Memphis.
I am originally from Memphis and appalled a statue of this man remains in the center of a park in my hometown. It needs to be removed NOW!
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