Statue of General Forrest on I-65 could soon be blocked by trees

Nathan Bedford Forrest I-65

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tuesday night the Metro Council approved a resolution to ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation to block the view of the monument honoring a one-time Confederate leader.

The statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest sits along the side of Interstate 65 near Harding Place in Davidson County.

Due to Tuesday night’s vote, it could soon be blocked by a line of trees.

The property owner, Bill Dorris, previously told News 2 the monument is not about hate; it’s about Southern heritage.

Nathan Bedford Forrest I-65
The property owner, Bill Dorris, previously told News 2 the monument is not about hate; it’s about Southern heritage.

“That’s called censorship,” Dorris said. “The state can use its money much better than for that.”

Mayor Karl Dean told News 2 he supports the council.

“I would agree with the council,” Dean said, adding, “I mean, I would be happy to sign that memorializing resolution requesting that they don’t cut the grass so that it covers it up. I mean it’s not the way we want people to enter our city, looking at that.”

There has not been a response from TDOT yet about the matter.

Meanwhile, the city of Memphis is in the process of removing Forrest’s remains from a park. Their city council also voted Tuesday night in favor of removing them.

The city is even talking about selling the accompanying statue so the removal won’t cost taxpayers anything.

Forrest’s remains would be moved to a cemetery where he and his wife were originally buried, but before they do so, they’ll have to vote two more times and get approval from the state’s historical commission.

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