MTSU holds final meeting on changing name of Forrest Hall

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Middle Tennessee State University held its last public meeting Thursday night regarding changing the name of Forrest Hall.

The building, named after one-time Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in 1954, houses the campus’ Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

The university heard from both sides during the meeting.

“If we have 29.7 percent minorities here, then that building is offending every single percentage of those people because now you’re saying to a huge chunk of your student population, you don’t consider people but property,” said student Arin Cooper.

“Only two people in the Civil War were mourned after their death by thousands of former slaves. They were Abraham Lincoln the other was Nathan Bedford Forrest,” said Forrest Hall supporter Greg Tucker.

In June, the movement to change the name gained momentum in the wake of the killing of nine victims at a historically black church in Charleston.

A rally to support changing the name of Forrest Hall was held in August.

The university removed a 600-pound bronze medallion of Forrest from the Keathley University Center in 1989.

MTSU will decide if the building should be renamed in April.

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