Gov. Haslam encourages removal of Forrest bust from Tennessee Capitol

Calls to remove Confederate general's statue revisited following Virginia violence

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)

NASHVILLE - Saturday's deadly violence at a white nationalist event in Charlottesville, Va., reignited demands Monday by lawmakers and protesters for the removal of a bust of Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from Tennessee's Capitol.

Holding a rally in front of the Forrest bust located between the state House and Senate chambers, demonstrators demanded action. The protest later moved outside Gov. Bill Haslam's offices.

"We can no longer stand by and let symbols like this to bring hurt in our state," said state Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, as she, three legislative colleagues and at least six dozen protesters stood before the Forrest bust.

Her comments followed a bloody weekend in Charlottesville, where one woman was killed and some 20 others injured after 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.