Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Proclaims Nathan Bedford Forrest Day To Honor KKK Leader And Confederate General
Republican Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a bill to proclaim July 13 “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” to honor the former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader whose bust is on display in the state Capitol, notes the Nashville Tennessean.
The Forrest proclamation describes Forrest as a “recognized military figure in American history and a native Tennessean.”
The Forrest proclamation also says the governor encourages “all citizens to join (him) in this worthy observance.”
The state law requires Lee to issue proclamations for six separate days of special observation, three of which are the pro-slavery Confederacy that fought against the United States in the Civil War.
Lee refused to say if the law should be changed:
I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law. I haven’t even looked at that law, other than knowing I needed to comply with it, so that’s what I did. When we look at the law, then we’ll see.