Memphis lawmaker likens Nathan Bedford Forrest to Hitler

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest is displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE - A Tennessee lawmaker on Tuesday likened controversial Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to a "domestic terrorist" and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as she urged colleagues to repeal a law requiring the state's governors annually declare July 13 "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."

Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, who is black, cited to the House Naming, Designating, & Private Acts Committee Forrest's role as commander at the infamous April 12, 1864, Fort Pillow massacre in which Union troops, many of them black, were killed trying to surrender.

"The vast majority of these soldiers were African American and, considering the general's behavior before and after this attack, one could assume the attack was made out of a hatred of African Americans," Lamar told the GOP-led committee.

Lamar also said, "now, for some people like myself, this sounds like the work of a terrorist, a domestic terrorist, and it is.