State Commission postpones decision on Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

Feb 21, 2020

Tennessee Capitol Commission Chairman Stuart McWhorter
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel is pausing consideration of a push to remove or add context to a Confederate bust in the state Capitol until a vacancy on the board is filled.

Finance Commissioner Stuart McWhorter is the chairman of the Capitol Commission considering options for the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

He said after a meeting Thursday that it's unclear when the recently vacated slot on the commission will be filled.

McWhorter said he doesn't want to proceed without a replacement member. Tennessee's Historical Commission would also need to vote to remove the bust, which has been in place since 1978.