Alexander joins chorus seeking removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from state Capitol

Alexander joins chorus seeking removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from state Capitol

August 23rd, 2017 by The Tennessean in Politics State

Tennessee State Troopers stand near a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest after protesters covered it and placed signs in front of it Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Protesters called for the removal of the bust, which is displayed in the hallway outside the House and Senate chambers. Violence in Virginia this weekend has given rise to a new wave of efforts to remove or relocate Confederate monuments. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Tuesday became the latest Tennessee lawmaker to express support for removing the controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the state Capitol. 

"As I look at it now, I think it's not appropriate for General Forrest's bust to be in the place of honor in the state Capitol," Alexander said at an event in Nashville. 

The Republican senator said there are appropriate places to remember the Civil War, including in museums, birth sites and battlefields.

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