Proposed rules on TN Capitol artifacts sent to full panel

Nathan Bedford Forrest bust located at the state Capitol. (Photo courtesy of WATE)

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) – The full Tennessee State Capitol Commission has been sent proposed rules for which artifacts should be displayed in and around the building.

The move follows calls by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and lawmakers of both parties for a re-evaluation of a Capitol bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader in the aftermath of the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in June.

The Artifacts Subcommittee on Tuesday advanced the draft criteria, which don’t make any specific mention of Forrest.

Three people spoke out against any effort to dial back Confederate artifacts shown on the Capitol grounds, calling it an effort to erase the state’s history.

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